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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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Featured commentary & analysis

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.

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Regional expansionism: Iran’s militias in the Levant

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion on how the current administration, and a possible future Democratic administration, might address the grave risks of Iran’s regional expansionism in the Levant.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

A conversation with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, who is spearheading many of Qatar’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship and drive economic diversification and growth.

8:30am ONLINE EVENT

Past events

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

A conversation with H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy

ONLINE EVENT – H.E. Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy, discusses plans for economic cooperation between the UAE and Israel.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

A conversation with H.E. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – H.E. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, discusses the recent announcement of normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Strangers to strategic partners: Thirty years of Sino-Saudi relations

ONLINE EVENT – This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Saudi Arabia. Over the past three decades, the bilateral relationship has transitioned from one of marginal importance for both countries to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

8:30am ONLINE EVENT

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Experts

Content

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

US policies fail to undermine Tehran’s goal of reordering the regional power structure

Iran’s overarching goal is to fundamentally reorder the prevailing power structure in the region and achieve absolute security in doing so. To achieve this goal, Iran uses its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force (IRGC-QF) to establish and then nurture pro-Iranian armed factions, turning them into political movements that can influence policy outcomes in […]

IranSource by Kenneth Katzman

Iran Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Qaddour quoted in Foreign Policy on Syrian Americans and a possible Biden administration

In the News

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Azodi in the National Interest: Israel’s Entry Into The Persian Gulf Won’t Bring Middle East Peace

In the News

Iran Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Does the United States need an embassy in Baghdad?

Iraq remains a country of great importance to the United States and it would be foolish to deprive Washington of a tool for assessing and hopefully influencing conditions in Iraq.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Absence of PhD programs contributes to weak research and development in the Gulf

The production of new knowledge is a very complex process and many factors contribute to the low levels of innovation exhibited by the Gulf countries. One factor that plays a role is the structure of tertiary education—particularly PhD programs.

MENASource by Omar Al-Ubaydli

Education Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on either shore of the Mediterranean

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on almost every nation of the world, creating new challenges and exacerbating preexisting ones. Attention has been focused on the health sector, as it was the first impacted by the pandemic. However, various actors rapidly utilized the effects of the health crisis for political purposes. At the same time, […]

Issue Brief by Karim Mezran, Emily Burchfield, Paolo Alli, Emadeddin Badi, Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Alessia Melcangi

Coronavirus North Africa

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Lipner in The Hill: Peace is great. Now, about that virus…

In the News

Israel Middle East

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

If Trump wins, he needs a new approach to Iran

If US President Donald Trump wins re-election, he will have an opportunity to review his failed approach toward Iran.

Elections 2020 by Barbara Slavin

Elections Iran

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Ferziger in Foreign Policy: Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran

In the News

Iran Israel

Events

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Regional expansionism: Iran’s militias in the Levant

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion on how the current administration, and a possible future Democratic administration, might address the grave risks of Iran’s regional expansionism in the Levant.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

A conversation with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa

ONLINE EVENT - A discussion with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, who is spearheading many of Qatar's efforts to promote entrepreneurship and drive economic diversification and growth.

8:30am ONLINE EVENT