United Nations arms embargo on Iran

How will the world react? The Middle East Programs presents a series of global perspectives on how the world is approaching the October 2020 expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran.

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Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Israel’s growing ties with the Gulf Arab states

ONLINE EVENT – Launch and discussion of issue brief on the recent rapprochement between Israel and the Gulf states.


Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Four-month countdown to the expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran

ONLINE EVENT – How will the world react? Whether the UN arms embargo on Iran expires or is extended will have major implications for the United States’ partners, competitors, and the region.


Wed, May 27, 2020

Drone attacks against critical infrastructure in the Middle East

ONLINE EVENT – The use of drones as weapons in the Middle East and North Africa has grown rapidly in recent years, especially as non-state actors from the Houthis in Yemen to militants in Syria seek to level the playing field. Often powered by widely available commercial technology, these systems present a real and present security challenge.




Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Soleimani killing threatens to break open US-Iranian conflict

The assassination of a top Iranian military official in Iraq on January 2 is the most dramatic step yet in the ongoing escalation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Iran

Thu, Jan 2, 2020

Iraq: It’s not over yet

No one should think this crisis is over. Iran’s stepped-up campaign to drive the United States out of Iraq will continue in other ways.

MENASource by Thomas S. Warrick

Iraq Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Dec 31, 2019

US strikes in Iraq and Syria: Managing the escalation

It is a very bad idea to turn Iraq into a battlefield (again). However, it is a worse idea to let Tehran use certain militias to continue to derail Iraq’s recovery, reconciliation, and reconstruction. It is certainly the case that the United States will have to accept a role for Iran in Iraq; however, the Iranians will likewise have to accept a role for the United States. If they do not, then the fault for turning Iraq into a battlefield lies with them.

New Atlanticist by C. Anthony Pfaff

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Sun, Dec 29, 2019

Experts react: United States retaliates against Iran-backed forces in Iraq and Syria

The United States launched a series of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed group Kata'ib Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria on December 29, 2019.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Conflict Iraq

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Saudi failure to convict Saud al-Qahtani is glaring

For a purported lack of sufficient evidence, Saud al-Qahtani was not even brought to trial. This tells us one of three things: One, Saudi Arabia no longer values its relationship with the United States; two, the US intelligence community sees greater value in monitoring al-Qahtani’s activities than in seeing him imprisoned; or three, the Saudi court system is, impressively, more evidence-based than we knew.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Saudi Arabia

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Israel and the Gulf states continue a tepid dance to improve relations

There is interest from both the Gulf states and Israel to develop better relations especially concerning the threat of Iran, but neither side has a vision for the next major public step.

MENASource by Seth Frantzman

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Dec 23, 2019

US-Palestinian relations and aid cuts, impact Israel’s security

The consequences of deteriorating US-Palestinian relations and aid cuts are likely to continue to negatively impact security in Israel.

MENASource by Carmiel Arbit

Crisis Management Israel

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Staff cuts at US embassy Baghdad will not counter Iran

The planned US staffing cuts at the embassy in Baghdad is likely to undermine US efforts to counter Iran and will leave a gap Iran is happy to continue to fill through economic, security, and political means.

MENASource by Thomas S. Warrick

Iraq Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Détente in the Gulf?

The National Security Council’s policy process aimed at designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization may accidentally contribute to a resolution of the Gulf rift.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Politics & Diplomacy Terrorism

Thu, Dec 5, 2019

Blanford interviewed by Gulf News regarding new Lebanese prime minister

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