Issue briefs and reports Oct 20, 2020
Improving counterterrorism and law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the Arab Gulf States
By Thomas S. Warrick, Joze Pelayo
Thomas S. Warrick and Joze Pelayo present recommendations to improve and increase cooperation in civilian counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security, and aviation security between the United States and the Arab countries of the Gulf.
New Atlanticist Jul 19, 2022
A tale of two greetings: Decoding Biden’s hand-to-hand diplomacy in the Middle East
By Jonathan Panikoff
The Biden-MBS fist bump reveals a frosty but functional relationship, while a handshake with Netanyahu reflects a long relationship—and political reality.
New AtlanticistMar 10, 2023
Experts react: Iran and Saudi Arabia just agreed to restore relations, with help from China. Here’s what that means for the Middle East and the world.
By Atlantic Council experts
Long-standing regional adversaries just made a big announcement: They will reestablish diplomatic relations in a deal brokered by China. Atlantic Council experts share their insights on the announcement.
MENASourceFeb 2, 2023
Egypt just seized part of Libya’s maritime zone. What’s the story behind the Egyptian decree no one is talking about?
By Ali Bakir
On December 13, 2022, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a presidential decree demarcating the country's maritime borders with Libya.
Ali Bakir is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East programs. His work focuses on the strategic, geopolitical, security, and inter-regional trends and dynamics in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Turkey’s foreign and defense policies, Turkey-Arab/Gulf ties, and Gulf security.
Currently, he is an assistant professor at Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also a senior foreign-policy and security analyst and consultant with over fifteen years of professional experience working with senior officials, decisionmakers, and stakeholders for governmental, nongovernmental, and private-sector institutions.
Before joining Qatar University, he worked as a senior adviser at Qatar’s Embassy in Ankara, head of the Gulf Studies Unit at the Middle East Studies Center, senior researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies of the International Strategic Research Organization, and a researcher and senior editor at Aiwa Group for economy and defense.
Bakir is a prolific author and a distinguished TV commentator, with two hundred contributions annually including TV appearances, analyses, commentaries, news quotes, and policy papers. He writes extensively on the geopolitical and security trends in the Middle East. His analyses appear on distinguished platforms and think tanks in the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, and the Arab world.
He has been featured as an expert by RAND, the Royal United Services Institute, Carnegie Endowment-MEC, Brookings-Doha, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, Middle East Institute, Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, the Arab Gulf States Institute, Gulf International Forum, and Friedrich Naumann Foundation, among others.
Bakir holds a PhD in political science/international affairs from Beirut Arab University. He has written more than fifteen book chapters on Turkey and the Gulf countries. He is currently working on several projects concerning Turkey and Gulf security. Bakir had his education, fieldwork, and work experience in several countries, including Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Qatar.
Follow him on Twitter: @alibakeer