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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.

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Thu, Jan 9, 2020

US-Iran tensions rising with Iraq in the middle

The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative and Future of Iran Initiative hosted a conversation on US-Iran tensions and the impact on Iraq with Congressman Seth Moulton and Senator Chris Murphy.

2:00pm Washington

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

Emirates Mars Mission and the UAE Science and Technology Vision

On December 9, the Atlantic Council hosted H.E. Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and Omar Sharaf, Project Manager for the Emirates Mars Mission, for a discussion of the UAE Science and Technology Vision and the latest developments in the Emirates Mars Mission.

9:00am Washington DC

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Roundtable with KRG Head of Foreign Relations Department Safeen Dizayee

The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private discussion with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s top diplomat to discuss recent events in Iraq.

10:00am Washington DC

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Content

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Repairing Iraq’s relations with the United States

Partners for mutual or overlapping national security objectives, like the governments in Baghdad and Washington, need a sustained dialogue.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Berlin conference: The end of the game?

The upcoming conference could result in the acceptance by all of Haftar’s future role in Libya and the legitimization of his attack against Tripoli. The Berlin conference could be a trap for the GNA, the courageous fighters of Tripoli, and the population of western Libya.

New Atlanticist by Karim Mezran

Conflict Libya

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Slavin joins CBS to discuss consequences of the death of Soleimani

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Carmiel Arbit, previously director for strategic engagement at AIPAC, joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC—The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of Carmiel Arbit as a nonresident senior fellow. During her fellowship, Carmiel will focus on US-Israel relations, the peace process, and Israeli and Palestinian politics. “Carmiel brings to the Atlantic Council her unique blend of deep expertise in Israel and the wider Middle East,” […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Israel Middle East

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

El-Gamal in The Atlantic: ‘Muslim’ Is Not an Insult

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Wechsler quoted in VOA on Iran protests

In the News by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Iran

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Congressional Hearing – “U.S.-Iran Tensions: Implications for Homeland Security”

The Committee meeting examined the homeland security implications of the recent escalation in US-Iran tensions in the wake of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. Witnesses were given time to present opening statements to address possible retaliation followed by questions posed by committee members. Nonresident Senior Fellow Thomas S. Warrick presented four ways in which Iran threatens the homeland: terrorism, cyber-attacks, disinformation, and influence operations. Warrick underscored the imminent threat posed by Iranian cyber-attacks, “Mr. Chairman, the possibility of a terrorist attack by Iran here in the homeland is that, a possibility, but cyber-attacks are a certainty.”

Congressional Relations by

Defense Policy Digital Policy

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Dispatch from Tehran: Iranians protest after dishonest response to downed passenger plane

Angry Iranians continue to demand accountability after authorities admitted to mistakenly downing a passenger airplane in Tehran.

IranSource by Anonymous

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Slavin joins VOA to discuss the turmoil in Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Dagres joins ABC to discuss Iranian protests and Ukrainian wreckage

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East