Since the election of President Trump, the world has witnessed shifts in U.S. policy towards both Syria and Muslim migrants. In his first few months in office, Trump has ordered airstrikes against the Syrian government and fought repeatedly to implement a travel ban that many see as a “Muslim ban.” Meanwhile, domestic political lines seem as sharply drawn now as before the election. How are Americans across the political spectrum evaluating the Trump administration’s policies towards the Middle East and Muslim communities?
On May 11, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will launch a new public opinion poll, by Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami, focusing on American attitudes towards the travel ban, the recent U.S. airstrikes against Syria, and the U.S. refugee policy. This data also provides trend lines on American attitudes towards Islam and Muslims, and whether these opinions have changed since the election.
Telhami will be joined in discussion by Shadi Hamid, senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the panel. Following the discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.