Asan in the News

[Arirang Radio]  2015-11-13

2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Middle East Issues

How will the Middle East issues figure in the 2016 US presidential election campaign? Willl the 2016 election be a foreign policy election? The current chaotic Middle East could easily burst into the politics of election as it has many times in the past.

1. What are the main points of foreign policy issues toward the Middle East in the U.S. presidential debates?

2. The key differences between Republicans and Democrats?

3. How do we evaluate US policy towards the Middle East, say, since WWII?

4. Will the 2016 presidential election be a foreign policy election?


About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.