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MENASource

May 14, 2022

Memorializing Sheikh Khalifa, transition, and restoring US-UAE relations

By R. Clarke Cooper

The death of Sheikh Khalifa and the designation of his successor occurs during the fiftieth anniversary year of formal diplomatic relations with the US, marking decades of increasing security cooperation vital to supporting US interests in the Middle East. 

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

IranSource

May 12, 2022

The Ebrahim Raisi government just jacked up food prices. Iranians are understandably angry.

By Sayeh Isfahani

The government of hardline President Ebrahim Raisi—who has been in office for less than a year—has opted to introduce coupons for almost everything from bread to Internet.

Iran Middle East

IranSource

May 11, 2022

How Iran’s interpretation of the world order affects its foreign policy

By Javad Heiran-Nia

There is a gap between the psychological milieu of Iranian political elites and the real-world balance of power.

Iran Middle East

MENASource

May 11, 2022

Emerging market investments are shrinking. How will MENA countries hit FDI targets? 

By Amjad Ahmad

A US economic slowdown or a recession couldn’t come at a worse time for emerging markets, particularly those in MENA, where most are fighting chronic unemployment, slowing growth, and higher debt levels.

Economy & Business Middle East
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Annual Report

May 10, 2022

Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Initiatives

By Atlantic Council

In 2021, entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa pushed against economic barriers and government bureaucracies to promote innovation in the region.

Event Recap

May 10, 2022

Building a New Middle East – A Conversation with US Ambassador to Israel Thomas R. Nides  

By Salwa Balla

On May 3, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs hosted a public event with Ambassador Thomas R. Nides, US Ambassador to Israel.

Israel Middle East

In the News

May 10, 2022

Slavin quoted in Al Monitor on developing Iran-Saudi relations and it’s impact on nuclear talks

By Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

In the News

May 9, 2022

Cohen joins Bloomberg to discuss Russian foreign policy plans in the future and Russian interests in Middle Eastern resources

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

In the News

May 9, 2022

Ferziger mentioned in Jewish Insider Daily Kickoff on global food shortage trends in MENA

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Economy & Business

In the News

May 9, 2022

Blanford quoted in France24 on the implications of expat Lebanese votes for parliamentary elections

By Atlantic Council

Corruption Democratic Transitions