Featured in-depth research & reports
Report Mar 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
New Atlanticist Mar 16, 2022
Iran deal or not, Gulf nations need integrated air and missile defense
By the Atlantic Council’s Gulf Security Task Force
Nuclear talks aside, a US-backed missile defense system is key in deterring Iran’s regional armed network while advancing US and Gulf security aims.
In-Depth Research & Reports May 10, 2021
Europe needs to take a lead on Iraq
By Christian Koch
In a new report Dr. Christian Koch argues that Europe has already invested in Iraq’s stability and, going forward, should lead in policy areas demanding immediate and continued attention. Deliberate policy coordination and a European willingness to significantly increase its burden-sharing would be a tangible contribution to the Biden administration’s stated goal of rebuilding alliances and partnerships.
Featured commentary & analysis
MENASource Aug 16, 2022
Under Macron’s leadership, France is leading a middle power strategy in the Gulf. Here’s how.
By Jean-Loup Samaan
France is positioning itself as a Western partner that, although may not be a substitute to Washington, is one that provides a “convenient and credible” option to those Gulf leaders eager to diversify their partnerships.
MENASource Aug 10, 2022
The founding head of al-Qaeda is dead. But radicalism continues to thrive in Egypt.
By Shahira Amin
The founding head of al-Qaeda is no longer, but it’s important not to forget that the terrorists that carried out 9/11 were born, raised, and radicalized in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
New Atlanticist Jul 19, 2022
A tale of two greetings: Decoding Biden’s hand-to-hand diplomacy in the Middle East
By Jonathan Panikoff
The Biden-MBS fist bump reveals a frosty but functional relationship, while a handshake with Netanyahu reflects a long relationship—and political reality.
Counterterrorism Study Group
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Gulf Security Task Force
The Gulf Security Task Force is revisiting the question of how to best protect US interests in this sensitive, always relevant region. Our goal is to provide US decision-makers with an updated, fact-based strategy for protecting US interests in the air and maritime domain from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea, and ensuring Gulf partners’ ability to assume this responsibility, with the assistance and leadership of the United States.