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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.

The Atlantic Council’s work on Middle East security honors the legacy of Brent Scowcroft and his tireless efforts to build a new security architecture for the region.

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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.

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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

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

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Iraq’s political and energy outlook

On November 1, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative and Global Energy Center hosted an event on what’s next for Iraq amidst historic protests.

9:00am Washington DC

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Iranian Public Opinion Under US Sanctions

The panel discussion on the public opinion data gathered in Iran by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, over the past six months. The panel took a closer look at Iranian attitudes to a broad set of issues, including Iran’s regional influence, Iranian relations with the West, and the Iranian nuclear deal.

10:00am Washington DC

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Experts

Content

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Katz joins Voice of America’s Russian Service (Golos Ameriki) to discuss Iran in the Pompeo-Lavrov meeting

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Iranians fear a permanent internet blackout is in the making

Iranians are concerned they may soon lose access to the global internet as authorities race to bolster local infrastructures.

IranSource by Maziar Motamedi

Iran Middle East

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Nia in The Washington Post: Iran’s dark history could repeat itself — unless the world acts

In the News by Atlantic Council

Human Rights International Norms

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Nia quoted in The Conversation on the human rights situation amid Iran protests

In the News by Atlantic Council

French Human Rights

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Tavakol joins Anadolu Agency to discuss the discovery of the new oil fields in Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Energy Markets & Governance

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Life after war: The impact of conflict on Syrian artists

After a scrawled graffiti message in Daraa, Syrian artists began to express themselves more than they ever could since the Assad family took power. Revolutionary art exploded on to the global scene during the Arab Spring. Particularly in Syria, artists, writers, and filmmakers found a new voice, free of fear. Defiance, grief, and frustration were […]

SyriaSource by Natasha Hall

Conflict Resilience & Society

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Katz gives insight into religiosity in the Arab World in Al Bawaba

In the News by Atlantic Council

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

US policy hinders positive ‘regime change’ in Iran

With the rare exception of a weekend prisoner swap, the record of US-Iran relations since the Trump administration came to office has been dismal both for the Iranian people and for US national interests. A policy of undermining and then quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA)—topped by an embargo on the export of […]

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Nia speaks on BBC about US-Iran prisoner swap

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Kadhim in Iraqi Economists: The challenges Iraq faces after prime minister’s resignation.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Economy & Business