Issue BriefMay 18, 2022
Afghanistan: Where US-Iranian interests may yet intersect
By Borzou Daragahi
Borzou Daragahi’s latest report delves into the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and how the swift collapse of the US-backed government in Kabul last summer shocked the United States and its influential neighbor, Iran.
ReportMar 16, 2022
Great power projection in the Middle East: The China-Russia relationship as a force multiplier
By Jonathan Fulton and Li-Chen Sim
The conflict is also likely to provide states in the MENA region, especially oil producing states, with greater leverage over the US and Western allies. The US designation of Qatar as a major non-NATO ally in January 2022 could be seen from this perspective
ArticleSep 7, 2021
The global war on terrorism wrecked relations with Iran
By Barbara Slavin
The most fundamental strategic error of the George W. Bush administration following the September 11, 2001, attacks was launching a “Global War on Terrorism” that failed to distinguish properly between those responsible for the 9/11 attacks and other US adversaries.
In-Depth Research & ReportsApr 29, 2021
Iranian women in the year 1400: The struggle for equal rights continues
By Mehrangiz Kar and Azadeh Pourzand
A new report outlines an image of women’s struggles for equality to help US policymakers better understand the intricacies of Iranian society and to design policies that support—but do not supplant or undermine—the women’s movement.
empowerME ConversationsFeb 2, 2021
From Fashion to Fintech
By Atlantic Council
In Season 1, Episode 4 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews Tabby Co-Founder and CEO Hosam Arab about why he became an entrepreneur and what it takes to succeed, the customer needs his companies have met, how he scaled his businesses across regional borders, the changes in e-commerce and payment options in recent years in the Middle East, and changes to laws and regulations that would boost business.
Issue BriefJan 14, 2021
Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal: Not so easy
By Brian O’Toole
President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, 2021, facing a litany of daunting foreign policy issues, from another massive cyber hack by Russian intelligence to alienated allies in Europe and beyond to a regime in Pyongyang that continues to proliferate weapons of mass destruction unchecked. But perhaps the stickiest—and most immediate—crisis the Biden administration […]
In-Depth Research & ReportsDec 15, 2020
A guide to illicit Iranian weapon transfers: The Bahrain file
By Tim Michetti
A new report by illicit weapon flows expert Tim Michetti offers a comprehensive, field-based case study on illicit Iranian weapon flows. The report is based on a confidential assessment of the materiel procurement networks of militants operating inside Bahrain.
ReportDec 11, 2020
The politics of pandemics: Evolving regime-opposition dynamics in the MENA region
By Frederick Kempe, Giampiero Massolo, Karim Mezran, Annalisa Perteghella, Emadeddin Badi, Yahia Mohamed Lamine Mestek, Hafsa Halawa, Abbas Kadhim, Gawdat Bahgat, Nadereh Chamlou
The politics of pandemics: Evolving regime-opposition dynamics in the MENA region.