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Jul 14, 2022

Biden’s Middle East trip focuses on the region. But China is the elephant in the room.

By Ahmed Aboudouh

US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East on 13-16 July won’t directly focus on China. However, the rising power will be the elephant in the room at the Saudi summit in Jeddah.

China East Asia

MENASource

Jul 13, 2022

US interests and capacity for Middle East stability exist, but President Biden must convey will 

By R. Clarke Cooper

The US has the tools to be fully engaged in the region and, during his trip, the US president needs to strongly declare it to the entire region.

Iran Israel

MENASource

Jul 13, 2022

Biden’s Middle East trip is sending Iran an escalatory message. Here’s why.

By Shahira Amin

The flurry of diplomatic activity in the region ahead of Biden’s Middle East trip, is part of efforts by the GCC and Arab leaders to coordinate stances and forge a unified force against Iran.

Iran Israel

MENASource

Jul 13, 2022

Biden is visiting Israel. Travel is squarely on the agenda.

By Ruth Marks Eglash and Scott Lasensky

One lesser-known element of Washington’s alliance with Israel will be squarely on US President Joe Biden’s agenda: Israel’s long-running quest to join America’s visa waiver program.

Israel Middle East

MENASource

Jul 7, 2022

Libyans are protesting. What can they learn from the events rocking Tunisia?

By Karim Mezran

Tunisia is experiencing one of its most difficult moments since its independence from France in 1956.

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Event Recap

Jul 7, 2022

From crypto winter to crypto spring: The challenges and opportunities of cryptocurrency in MENA

By Alexandra Kaiss

On June 28, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a virtual event on "Will the crypto winter cool the Middle East?" in partnership with ABANA.

Digital Currencies Economy & Business

MENASource

Jul 6, 2022

There’s uncertainty in Israel and within the Palestinian Authority. The US’s stabilizing role is critical more than ever.

By Ksenia Svetlova

When China and Russia are keen to deepen their influence in the Middle East and American allies in the region are doubtful about the future, it is up to the United States to provide the stability and firmness that is lacking in today’s regional landscape.

Israel Middle East

MENASource

Jun 29, 2022

Algeria has been isolated for years. Now it’s making a shaky return to the world stage.

By Andrew G. Farrand

On both the substance and presentation of its foreign relations, if it is to seize this moment, Algeria has much catching up to do.

Middle East North Africa

MENASource

Jun 28, 2022

Egypt is cozying up to Russia. It’s time for the US to step in.

By Shahira Amin

Egypt has, on several occasions, proved its mettle as a  mediator between Israel and the Palestinians. Such support would also ensure Cairo's commitment to continuing the economic and political reforms it has started which are in the interests of both the US and Egypt.

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

MENASource

Jun 24, 2022

The Israeli government collapse was a curveball for Biden’s upcoming visit. But it shows the depth of the US-Israel relationship.

By Daniel B. Shapiro

President Joe Biden’s team was thrown a curveball on June 20, as the year-old coalition built by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid finally gave way to internal pressures.

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