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Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Will US-brokered agreement between UAE and Israel be a regional gamechanger?

A US-brokered deal has seen Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations for the first time in history. Atlantic Council experts discuss what the agreement means and what is next for the wider region:

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Conflict Israel

Thu, May 21, 2020

Will COVID-19 exacerbate or defuse conflicts in the Middle East?

With the virus has come the reshuffling of priorities needed to combat the pandemic, casting new light on these long-running conflicts. On May 20, 2020, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo sat down with the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative director Barbara Slavin to discuss potential new openings to advance peace in the region.

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Coronavirus Middle East

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

US targets al-Qaeda leader: What it means for Yemen and the US counterterrorism mission

"When the United States is able to identify a terrorist abroad who threatens Americans, in the vast majority of cases the solution is relatively simple," William Wechsler says. "Simply reach out through law enforcement or intelligence channels and ask the local government to arrest them. Unfortunately, there remain a few places in the world in which the host governments have no practical ability to do so—indeed, in some of these places legitimate government authorities face a high risk of being killed if they tried. Yemen is one of these places."

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Conflict Terrorism

Masoud Mostajabi is an associate director of the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing a robust portfolio of Middle East security issues, policy research, and business development. Previously, Masoud was an assistant director of the Council’s South Asia Center. His research focuses on diplomacy, human rights, climate change, and development. Masoud received his bachelor’s in Political Science and History at Arizona State University and his master’s in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service.