About the center

The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East examines the barriers preventing many people in the region from reaching their fullest potential. Our work also highlights success stories of individuals and institutions who overcame significant challenges in pursuit of social, economic, and political progress. Inspired by these examples, we delineate practical and implementable policy recommendations that policymakers in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East can implement to unleash the region’s economic and human potential.

Experts

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.

Past events

Content

In the News

May 24, 2022

Slavin quoted in The New Arab on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is strengthening Iran’s influence in Syria

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Extremism

In the News

May 19, 2022

Katz quoted in Arab News on overlapping interests between Russia and authoritarian leaders in the Middle East

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Corruption

MENASource

May 19, 2022

The Gulf is lagging behind on gender equality. Here’s how it can catch up. 

By Salwa Balla and Iman Mohamed

The dialogue for gender parity in the workforce is still ongoing, but GCC nations have the advantage of prioritizing female employment in tandem with economic diversification.

Education Middle East

MENASource

May 19, 2022

In Israel’s domestic political theater, the plot thickens

By Shalom Lipner

The tenuous prospects of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's ruling coalition are fanning speculation from critics that its box office run will be cut short. 

Israel Middle East

In the News

May 17, 2022

Iran Initiative event on the Taliban was mentioned in Politico’s National Security Daily newsletter

By Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Extremism

In the News

May 17, 2022

Khoury joins CGTN to discuss the political impacts of Lebanon’s election results and Hezbollah losses

By Atlantic Council

Corruption Democratic Transitions

In the News

May 17, 2022

Daoud quoted in The Times of Israel on Hezbollah’s losses in Lebanese elections

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

May 14, 2022

Azodi quoted in Al-Monitor on Iran’s diplomatic options in the case of nuclear talk failure

By Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Geopolitics & Energy Security

In the News

May 14, 2022

Slavin joins AlHurra to discuss the diplomatic obstacles facing Iran and the US amidst nuclear talks

By Atlantic Council

Arabic Economic Sanctions

In the News

May 13, 2022

Slavin joins Voice of America to the US-Iran nuclear deal

By Atlantic Council

Americas Economic Sanctions