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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.

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, Jul 9, 2020

Information in Iran: How recent global events are used to shape and skew reality

ONLINE EVENT – While there has been significant attention given to foreign influence operations by state-actors like Iran, far less has been given to how global events shape—and skew—the reality depicted by the Iranian regime to the Iranian people.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

COVID-19 in the Middle East: An opportunity to improve public health?

ONLINE EVENT – Discussion co-hosted with the United Nations Development Program’s Regional Bureau for Arab States on public health challenges in the Arab world amid COVID-19.

9:30am ONLINE EVENT

Past events

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

A conversation with Iraq’s former foreign minister Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim

ONLINE EVENT — A discussion with Iraq’s most recent former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim moderated by Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, May 27, 2020

Drone attacks against critical infrastructure in the Middle East

ONLINE EVENT – The use of drones as weapons in the Middle East and North Africa has grown rapidly in recent years, especially as non-state actors from the Houthis in Yemen to militants in Syria seek to level the playing field. Often powered by widely available commercial technology, these systems present a real and present security challenge.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Thu, May 14, 2020

A conversation with Iraq’s former Electricity Minister H.E. Luay Al-Khatteeb

ONLINE EVENT – An online discussion with Iraq’s former Electricity Minister H.E. Dr. Luay Al-Khatteeb.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT

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Experts

Content

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

How Jordan responded to Israel’s annexation plans

King Abdullah II of Jordan has repeatedly warned that Israel’s and the Trump administration’s actions are fueling potential instability.

MENASource by Seth J. Frantzman

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

An Iranian gamer’s battle against sanctions and sexism

According to a 2017 study from Iran Computer and Video Games Foundation, there are twenty-eight million Iranian gamers.

IranSource by Sheida Hooshmandi

Politics & Diplomacy
Gulf States - Netanyahu & Qaboos

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Israel’s growing ties with the Arab Gulf states

Once thought to be irreconcilable adversaries, Israel and the Gulf states have grown closer in recent years. What started as under-the-table intelligence sharing designed to counter Iran’s ambitions throughout the Middle East has morphed into greater cooperation not only on security but also on economic, political, and cultural issues.

Issue Brief by Jonathan H. Ferziger, Gawdat Bahgat

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

How to fix the “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran

The Trump administration’s strategy suffers from internal tensions and inherent contradictions that have undermined its effectiveness from the beginning.

IranSource by Colonel Udi Evental

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Lipner in the American Interest: Annexation and the dubious doctrine of wishful thinking

In the News

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Fayyad in TIME: How Palestinians can reunite under a new agenda to counter Israel’s annexation

In the News

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Just how happy are Iranians with their lives?

Iran ranks 118 out of 153 countries on the UN’s 2020 World Happiness Index (WHI), slightly above the lowest quintile—the least happy.

IranSource by Nadereh Chamlou

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Mapping Russia’s soft power efforts in Syria through humanitarian aid

By mapping where Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria has delivered aid over an 18-month period (between 2018 and 2020), a picture of Russia’s soft power tactics in Syria can be formed.

Blog Post by Marika Sosnowski and Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Events

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Information in Iran: How recent global events are used to shape and skew reality

ONLINE EVENT – While there has been significant attention given to foreign influence operations by state-actors like Iran, far less has been given to how global events shape—and skew—the reality depicted by the Iranian regime to the Iranian people.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

COVID-19 in the Middle East: An opportunity to improve public health?

ONLINE EVENT - Discussion co-hosted with the United Nations Development Program's Regional Bureau for Arab States on public health challenges in the Arab world amid COVID-19.

9:30am ONLINE EVENT