What did Biden’s Middle East trip achieve?

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It is unclear what the US administration expected from President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East earlier this month, but what is clear is that the public reaction to the visit and its aftermath were likely not what they’d hoped for. Since Biden’s return to the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone to Saudi Arabia to discuss oil production. Oil prices in the US, meanwhile, remain high. Moreover, a US-based human rights lawyer, who represented slain Saudi columnist for the Washington Post, Jamal Khashoggi, has been detained in the United Arab Emirates, another Gulf ally that routinel…

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