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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.

Tue, Oct 1, 2019

The Struggle for Inclusive Citizenship in Arab Countries

Please join us for a preview of the forthcoming 2019 Arab Human Development Report along with some preliminary survey results, conducted in twelve Arab countries, followed by a panel discussion.

2:00pm Washington DC

Past events

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Hezbollah and Iran’s Illicit Financial Networks

Topics of discussion included Hezbollah’s global network of financiers and the Trump Administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran.

1:00pm Washington DC

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

A conversation with Iraqi Ambassador Fareed Yasseen

The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a conversation with Iraqi Ambassador Fareed Yasseen.

12:00pm

Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Avenues for managing the escalating crisis in the Gulf

On July 30, the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Arabia Foundation held a discussion unpacking the recent pattern of escalation with Iran in the Gulf, the US and regional policy response, and what comes next.

8:00pm

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

A view from Iraq: A conversation with Iraqi MP Sarkawt Shamsulddin

On August 6, the Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative hosted Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin for a public event.

12:00pm

Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Beyond control: Iran and its opponents locked in a lopsided confrontation

Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion on July 22 that also marked the release of a new issue brief, “Beyond Control: Iran and its Opponents Locked in a Lopsided Confrontation.”

12:00pm

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

After Sistani and Khamenei: Looming successions will shape the Middle East

At a time of rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Iran and the wider Shia world are facing important successions for leadership that will impact a number of issues. These include how independent Iraq will be of foreign influence, whether Iran finally succeeds in exporting its unique system of government, whether Iran continues […]

12:00pm

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

The Middle East’s economic outlook

On June 10, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East convened a conversation on the economic challenges facing the region.

12:00pm

Wed, May 22, 2019

Ambassador Duclos discusses the influence of Russia and Iran in Syria

Russia and Iran are allies in Syria not out of mutual sympathy, but for pragmatic reasons. Iranian leaders were instrumental in convincing Vladimir Putin to send his air force to Syria to support Bashar al-Assad in September 2015, and the two countries cooperate within Syria to this day. However, various episodes highlight the limits of what looks like an alliance of convenience.

12:00pm

Wed, Jun 5, 2019

China’s changing role in the Middle East

On June 5, the Rafik Hariri Centerfor the Middle East convened a public event on opportunities for US-China cooperation and risks for US-China confrontation in the Middle East. National Security Council Senior Director for the Middle East Dr. Victoria Coates gave a keynote address outlining the Trump Administration’s views on this subject. This was followed by a […]

12:00pm

Thu, May 30, 2019

Russia’s resurgence in the Middle East: How does US policy meet the challenge?

Russia is once again a major player in the Middle East. Moscow has notably backed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while it has a growing footprint in Iran, Turkey, and the Gulf. Russia’s return to the region has posed significant challenges for transatlantic policymaking in this era of renewed great-power competition. The Scowcroft […]

2:00pm

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Experts

Content

Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Fontenrose joins Fox News to discuss US- Iran tensions following the Aramco attack

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Saudi Arabia

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Samantha Power’s uneasy legacy on Syria

It is the memoir of someone who is anything but a time server; someone who truly cares about things and who has tried—often successfully—to make a difference for the better.

SyriaSource by Frederic C. Hof

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Dagres joins the Monocle to discuss tensions in the Middle East

Uncategorized by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Lipner quoted in Bloomberg on Netanyahu’s post-election prospects

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Israel

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Slavin joins NPR to discuss US-Iran relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Lipner quoted in Vice News on the Israeli elections

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Israel

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

What the Abqaiq attack should teach us about critical infrastructure

The precision of the aerial attack on Abqaiq, whether it originated in Iran or outside it, shows both a willingness to target strategic critical infrastructure and a capability for extreme precision.

MENASource by Thomas S. Warrick

Crisis Management Geopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Wechsler joins BBC to discuss Iran’s denial of involvement in Saudi oil attacks

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Security & Defense

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Slavin in The American Conservative: Iran and the Poisonous Fruits of ‘Maximum Pressure’

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Talks in Riyadh on Iran: What happens next?

Trump is more than likely hoping that Saudi officials agree to economic pressure on Iran, but oppose an all-out war.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Iran Saudi Arabia

Events

Tue, Oct 1, 2019

The Struggle for Inclusive Citizenship in Arab Countries

Please join us for a preview of the forthcoming 2019 Arab Human Development Report along with some preliminary survey results, conducted in twelve Arab countries, followed by a panel discussion.

2:00pm Washington DC