By: Eli M. Gold, President
I have long said that foreign policy is generally a non-partisan issue. While domestic issues (i.e. taxes, education, healthcare etc) often are, foreign policy is not. That is no longer. Over the last 5 months the Biden administration has implemented a highly partisan global strategy that turned international sentiment toward the notion that the U.S. can no longer be counted on to support our allies.
At the Gold Institute, I have the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with law makers from across the globe. Recently one particular European lawmaker said to me “It is by far today more dangerous to be friend of the USA than foe. Although times in which friends of freedom automatically considered themselves friends of the USA may have passed. This administration is so alien to everything we cherished that many people around the world are wondering if it’s definitely gone, the Paradise Lost.” This view that the U.S. can no longer be counted on as the global defender of freedom and western values is growing stronger and faster abroad than possibly even at home.
The need for the Gold Institute for International Strategy is now ever more important. There are few institutes in Washington DC that work hand in hand with global leaders to not only provide solutions, but more importantly the strategic blueprint with which to implement those very policy prescriptions. Our global fellows, located throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, are the best of the best practitioners – people who have spent their time in the trenches and have reached the top in their respective fields.
The Biden administration's Middle East policy is designed for destabilization; JCPOA 2.0, a stated timeline for removal of forces from Afghanistan, a leftist [anti-]Israel policy, hesitancy to support Egypt in negotiations regarding Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam project and a vague Iraq policy, just to name a few examples of the Biden destabilization plan. For this reason, I am thrilled to introduce our new Senior Fellow, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Simone Ledeen. Her extensive experience in the Middle East, at DoD and the Treasury Department will provide the Institute and all those who engage with us an understanding and sustainable policy path forward.
Shortly before leaders from Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined President Trump on the South Lawn of the White House to sign the Abraham Accords, an ambassador from an Arab country expressed to me his feeling that regional countries felt the imperative to sign the accords prior to the elections to hedge bets against a possible Biden administration pro-Iranian policy. It is now clear that the Abraham Accords are necessary to stability in the Gulf region as NATO is to Europe and North America. The Gold Institute fellows have been providing guidance to the senior policy makers across the globe on this since conception.
On the international stage our fellows are also deeply involved in matters concerning Turkey, Human Rights, Climate Change, global antisemitism, the resurgence of the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS as well a whole host of other concerns.
Other fellows have been diligently working on domestic matters to include human trafficking and a policy and proactive law enforcement response to the rise of anti-Semitism. For this reason, I am pleased to let you know that retired NYPD Detective Investigator Mark Black has joined the Institute as a senior fellow. His long-time focus in counterterrorism, intelligence division and computer crimes will undoubtedly add greatly to the Institute’s impressive roster of fellows as well as our work and influence globally.
The impact the Gold Institute for International Strategy has at home and abroad is far reaching. For this reason, I ask you to support the work of our fellows. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt institute that truly is non-partisan and sole purpose is providing results-based education to those global leaders who impact the safety and stability of the West and its allies.
To support our work, visit www.goldiis.org/donate-to-foreign-policy-solutions-dc.