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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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Our blogs feature thoughtful reflections and opinions on current events in the Middle East & North Africa.

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Our reports feature policy-relevant analysis that focuses on transatlantic priorities while centering the concerns of citizens in the Middle East.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Ammonium nitrate didn’t belong to Hezbollah, but they knew about its dangers

Hezbollah is acutely aware of the danger that such chemicals—even if not of a military grade—pose to nearby civilians, perhaps more so than any other entity in Lebanon.

MENASource by David Daoud

Lebanon Middle East

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Dagres joins the Monocle’s “The Briefing” to discuss UN arms embargo

In the News

Arms Control Economic Sanctions

Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Lipner quoted in Jewish Insider on Naftali Bennett’s rise

In the News

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Jordan protests met with repression as government changes tactics

The Jordanian government must make a concerted effort to address the serious economic challenges and disparities that have marginalized a majority of Jordanians with little options left but to strike or protest the conditions they face.

MENASource by Tuqa Nusairat

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Scenes from a broken Beirut

My apartment was heavily damaged by the explosion. All the windows were gone, the frames blasted out, even on the other side of the building from the explosion. I spoke to friends and colleagues in the area. They all have tales about calamities, material and personal, that have befallen them.

New Atlanticist by Nicholas Blanford

Lebanon Middle East

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Three years after the Caliphate, Iraq’s Christians find little incentive to return

The region’s few remaining Christians find themselves caught between Iran-backed Shia militias and an Iraqi government that, nearly twenty years after the American invasion, is politically paralyzed and still unable to provide basic security and services—let alone protect the country’s embattled minority populations.

MENASource by Paul Gadalla

Iraq Middle East

Sun, Aug 2, 2020

Mack in The National: Thirty years on from the invasion of Kuwait, what have we learnt?

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Aug 1, 2020

Azodi quoted in The New York Times on Iran’s nuclear program

In the News

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The American moment: Creating a new balance of power in Syria

The United States should seize this moment on changes in the Syrian landscape to create a new balance of power in Damascus.

MENASource by Ayman Abdel Nour and Dania Koleilat Khatib

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The Syrian parliamentary elections were a mockery

All in all, the July 19 result was not great for the Bashar al-Assad regime, but the veneer of a normal election was achieved, especially given that the low turnout could be excused by the pandemic.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy