James B. Steinberg
Former Brookings Expert
[Stabilization is] difficult to do in Iraq and especially Syria because no one wants the U.S. to put lots of forces on the ground to be doing that and locals will struggle to do it well.
Those who have lost jobs are faring worse in terms of the income they are making. They haven’t had the time or opportunities to retrain, get back into the market, and do the new kind of jobs.
[Trump has] given Iran the moral high ground and that is an exceptionally difficult thing to do given the history and reality of Iran's misdeeds at home and in the region. It's just malpractice on the part of an American president.