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The Atlantic Council’s work on social, economic and human development issues in the Middle East honors the legacy of Rafik Hariri and his life’s mission to unlock the human and economic potential of the Arab world.

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Our blogs feature thoughtful reflections and opinions on current events in the Middle East & North Africa.

Featured in-depth research & reports

Our reports feature policy-relevant analysis that focuses on transatlantic priorities while centering the concerns of citizens in the Middle East.

Leadership

Upcoming Events

We convene the most important stakeholders on issues of primary concern to the transatlantic community when it comes the Middle East and North Africa, from senior US and Middle East government officials to civil society activists and budding entrepreneurs.

Past events

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

A conversation with Iraq’s former foreign minister Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim

ONLINE EVENT — A discussion with Iraq’s most recent former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim moderated by Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, May 27, 2020

Drone attacks against critical infrastructure in the Middle East

ONLINE EVENT – The use of drones as weapons in the Middle East and North Africa has grown rapidly in recent years, especially as non-state actors from the Houthis in Yemen to militants in Syria seek to level the playing field. Often powered by widely available commercial technology, these systems present a real and present security challenge.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Thu, May 14, 2020

A conversation with Iraq’s former Electricity Minister H.E. Luay Al-Khatteeb

ONLINE EVENT – An online discussion with Iraq’s former Electricity Minister H.E. Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT

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Experts

Content

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

The JCPOA: A bittersweet anniversary for Iran, the US and the wider world

The next US and Iranian governments will face many challenges, not least recovery from COVID-19 and economic recession.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin, Holly Dagres

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Nile Basin’s GERD dispute creates risks for Egypt, Sudan, and beyond

Competition for the Nile Basin’s freshwater has been growing markedly for three decades. In 2011, it intensified after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

MENASource by Amal Kandeel

Ethiopia North Africa

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

A series of unusual events in Iran point to sabotage. How will Tehran respond?

A spate of explosions has struck highly secure and sensitive sites, as well as regular industrial locales, including factories and gas pipelines, and even a clinic in a fancy part of north Tehran.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Experts dissect Iran regime’s disinformation campaign as COVID-19 worsens

How much Iran’s 84 million people actually know about events inside their own country is debatable, given Tehran’s heavy-handed censorship and a global disinformation campaign that blames all crises, including COVID-19, on foreigners and perceived enemies of the regime.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Disinformation

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Lebanon’s economic recovery plan will only repeat past failures

Decades of corruption, waste of public funds, and financial mismanagement have ruined Lebanon’s economy. Rather than create productive sectors, successive Lebanese governments have bet on high-end tourism, luxury real estate, and expatriate remittances to remain afloat since 1990.

MENASource by David Daoud and Paul Gadalla

Lebanon Middle East
Demographic Dividends - Img

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Past, present, and prospective: The demographic dividend opportunity in Arab youth

Over half of the population of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is under the age of 25. While often referred to as the “youth bulge” and seen as a challenge that needs to be dealt with, young people in the region have the potential to yield a “demographic dividend” that can present […]

Issue Brief by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Education Middle East

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

How Jordan responded to Israel’s annexation plans

King Abdullah II of Jordan has repeatedly warned that Israel’s and the Trump administration’s actions are fueling potential instability.

MENASource by Seth J. Frantzman

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

An Iranian gamer’s battle against sanctions and sexism

According to a 2017 study from Iran Computer and Video Games Foundation, there are twenty-eight million Iranian gamers.

IranSource by Sheida Hooshmandi

Politics & Diplomacy
Gulf States - Netanyahu & Qaboos

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Israel’s growing ties with the Arab Gulf states

Once thought to be irreconcilable adversaries, Israel and the Gulf states have grown closer in recent years. What started as under-the-table intelligence sharing designed to counter Iran’s ambitions throughout the Middle East has morphed into greater cooperation not only on security but also on economic, political, and cultural issues.

Issue Brief by Jonathan H. Ferziger, Gawdat Bahgat

Israel Politics & Diplomacy