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In the News

Apr 23, 2024

Wechsler joins Scripps News to discuss Iranian and Israeli strikes

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Iran

IranSource

Apr 23, 2024

This round of Iran-Israel escalation is over, but the next could be just around the corner

By Raz Zimmt

The continuous campaign between Iran and Israel is unlikely to end, and the precedent set by their direct military engagement has become another option on the confrontation table.

Conflict Iran

New Atlanticist

Apr 22, 2024

Iraq’s prime minister on how to elevate US-Iraqi relations beyond just security

By Daniel Hojnacki

Sudani discussed his state visit to the United States, an upcoming meeting with the Turkish president, and regional security.

Conflict Crisis Management

Testimony

Apr 19, 2024

Jonathan Fulton testifies to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission

By Jonathan Fulton

Jonathan Fulton, nonresident senior fellow for Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, testifies before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing on “China and the Middle East.” Video from the hearings and other testimonies can be found below. Below are his prepared remarks. The Middle East – North […]

China Economy & Business

IranSource

Apr 19, 2024

Iran once had air inferiority. After its attack on Israel, it flies high.

By Borzou Daragahi

While much of the discussion of the Iran-Israel conflict has been focused on proxy ground attacks, clandestine operations, and cyberwarfare, April 14 marks a new and dangerous escalation in the skies. 

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Apr 19, 2024

Idlbi quoted in Arabi 21 on new US captagon law

By Atlantic Council

Corruption Middle East

Fast Thinking

Apr 19, 2024

Are Israel and Iran stepping back from the brink?

With an all-out war hanging in the balance, will these two foes now stand down? Our experts are here to interpret the signals.

Conflict Iran

New Atlanticist

Apr 19, 2024

Experts react: Israel just conducted a limited strike in Iran. Is this the end of the tit for tat?

By Atlantic Council experts

The strike early Friday near the Isfahan air base and nuclear site is an apparent retaliation against Iran’s attack on Israel on April 13.

Conflict Iran

MENASource

Apr 18, 2024

Jordan took out Iranian munitions over its airspace. Now it has tensions with its people and Iran.

By Aaron Magid

A full-scale Iran-Israel war would likely harm the Hashemite Kingdom, which is squeezed between the two more powerful adversaries.

Conflict Iran

MENASource

Apr 18, 2024

The KDP is boycotting the upcoming elections. Iraqi Kurdistan may get stuck in an electoral impasse.

By Sarkawt Shamsulddin

As the June election deadline looms, the future of Kurdistan’s political stability hangs in the balance.

Elections Iraq