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Princess Reema speaks to Atlantic Council Audience

Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Envisioning Reform: The Social Impact of Saudi Arabia’s Transformation Agenda

On Wednesday, February 28, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Middle East Security Initiative hosted a discussion on Saudi Arabia’s reform agenda with HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, vice-president for planning and development of the Saudi General Sports Authority. The conversation focused on Saudi Vision 2030 and socioeconomic transformation underway in the Kingdom. […]

Event Recap by Alexander Werman

Saudi Arabia

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

On Wednesday, April 19, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and the Global Energy Center co-hosted a conversation on energy innovation and entrepreneurship in the Middle East featuring Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, presidential deputy envoy for hostage affairs at the US Department of State; HE Majid Al-Suwaidi, consul general of the United Arab Emirates in […]

Event Recap by Maxwell Petersen

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Tackling Root Causes of Conflict in the Middle East

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Annika Söder for a conference on US-European cooperation in the Middle East. Söder delivered keynote remarks, in which she emphasized that the Middle East is undergoing a period of rapid transition and instability, threatened by a […]

Event Recap by Tyler M. Nocita

Europe & Eurasia Middle East


Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Only US concessions can bring Iran to the negotiating table

Iranian supreme leader rebuffs Japanese prime minister’s attempt at mediation.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation

Fri, May 17, 2019

Iraq: In the crossfire of a potential US-Iran conflict?

If a new conflict erupts in the region, it will complicate the situation for Iraq in some unimaginable ways, even if Iraq is not directly involved.

New Atlanticist by Abbas Kadhim

Iran Iraq

Tue, May 14, 2019

Attacks on Saudi oil stations raise tensions in volatile Gulf

Drones purportedly flown by Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked Saudi oil pumping stations on May 14, creating a new flash point in a region already on edge over rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, May 2, 2019

Israeli-Gulf relations: Will the détente deepen or dry up?

On April 25, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that an Israeli delegation will take part in next year’s World Expo, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Dubai. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fresh off his victory in the April 9 elections, tweeted his approval of Israel’s participation, which he called “another expression of Israel’s rising status in the world and the region.”

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Israel The Gulf

Tue, Apr 9, 2019

Dagres Quoted in The Washington Post on the designation of Iran’s Elite Revolutionary Guard as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

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In the News by Holly Dagres


Tue, Apr 9, 2019

Dagres Joins BBC to Discuss US Labels Iranian Military Unit as Terrorists

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In the News by Holly Dagres


Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Dagres Quoted in Middle East Eye on Smuggling Along the Iran-Pakistan Border

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In the News by Holly Dagres

Iran Pakistan

Thu, Mar 7, 2019

UK’s Hezbollah Ban May Signal Tougher Stance on Iran

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah once dubbed dividing his group into distinct political and military wings an “English innovation.” Yet, last week, the United Kingdom decided to end this mainstay of British policy. Shortly after Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced a total ban on Hezbollah, Parliament amended the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000 to proscribe the group “in its entirety.” London’s acknowledgment of Hezbollah’s unity […]

IranSource by David Daoud

Iran Middle East

Wed, Feb 13, 2019

Trump’s Iran Policy: Much Ado About Nothing

The Trump administration’s policy of containing and weakening the Islamic Republic of Iran may appear to be going well to causal observers of Iranian affairs, and there is some evidence to support such a view. The United States has withdrawn from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action […]

IranSource by Pooya Dayanim


Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Facing Reality: Europe’s Special Purpose Vehicle Will Not Challenge US Sanctions

The European Union on January 31 formally announced its long-awaited special purpose vehicle (SPV) for trade with Iran, called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).  Predictably, the SPV won’t seek to challenge US sanctions by attempting to conduct sanctionable trade with Iran as had been originally floated, and will instead focus on non-sanctionable trade, including […]

IranSource by Brian O'Toole

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