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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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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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Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Syria’s inconsequential 2021 presidential elections must be ignored

Russia and the United States will still have to contend with Iranian influence and its far more substantial ground presence in Syria.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour and Danny al-Baaj

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

When it comes to Iran, not everything that goes boom in the night is sabotage

Even though it is tempting to attribute these current events to foreign sabotage, it is important not to assume that all of these incidents have the same cause.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Iran-Syria air defense pact could cause Russian-Iranian friction

Neither Damascus nor Tehran has been happy about Moscow’s unwillingness to enable themselves or Syria to halt Israeli attacks. The signing of the Iran-Syria air defense pact, though, may change this.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Iran Middle East

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Mezran quoted in TRT World on the politics behind Haftar’s devolution of power in Libya

In the News

Libya North Africa

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Iraq Initiative featured in The New York Times Magazine

In the News

Iraq Middle East

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Lipner in Haaretz: Baseless hatred? The assault on the Wexner Foundation as a case study

In the News

Hebrew Israel

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

The tale of an Iranian foreign minister’s rise and fall from grace

Mohammad Javad Zarif's fall from grace cannot be considered apart from the Rouhani administration’s and the larger moderate camp’s loss of credibility in the eyes of many Iranians.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Amin Naeni

Iran Middle East

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Iran’s air attack tools have limited utility against adversaries

From Tehran’s point of view, a strong emphasis on air attack tools is understandable and reasonable. However, it is important not to overestimate the impact these means can deliver.

IranSource by Robert Czulda

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Fontenrose quoted in The National on U.S.-Iran Diplomacy

In the News

Iran National Security

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Blanford quoted in Forbes on Israel and Hezbollah tension

In the News

Israel Middle East