Featured in-depth research & reports
Report Mar 14, 2023
Improving Gulf security: A framework to enhance air, missile, and maritime defenses
By The Gulf Security Task Force
Looking at decades of US support and operations in the Gulf and recognizing a continued, arguably growing, air and maritime threat from Iran, the Atlantic Council Gulf Security Task Force developed a framework on how to best protect US and allies’ interests in this sensitive, always relevant region.
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
Featured commentary & analysis
New Atlanticist Mar 10, 2023
Experts react: Iran and Saudi Arabia just agreed to restore relations, with help from China. Here’s what that means for the Middle East and the world.
By Atlantic Council experts
Long-standing regional adversaries just made a big announcement: They will reestablish diplomatic relations in a deal brokered by China. Atlantic Council experts share their insights on the announcement.
New Atlanticist Mar 9, 2023
The US needs to reform security cooperation and arms transfer processes—not create new policies
By R. Clarke Cooper
The Biden administration’s new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy in late February is unnecessary and potentially more cumbersome than what’s already on the books.
MENASource Feb 27, 2023
What the opening of the Abrahamic Family House Synagogue in the UAE means for the Jewish community and the rest of the world
By Marcy Grossman
The Abrahamic Family House, a mosque, church, and synagogue all sharing a multi-faith campus in Abu Dhabi is about to make its worldwide debut, opening its doors to the general public on March 1.
Counterterrorism Study Group
The Counterterrorism Study Group is a forum for former counterterrorism officials to review the latest threats, to understand emerging trends and future predictions, and to explore creative new proposals for improving the effectiveness of current policies and operations.
Listen to the latest episode of the China-MENA podcast, featuring conversations with academics, government leaders, and the policy community on China’s role in the Middle East.
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.