Issue BriefJul 5, 2023
The minilateral moment in the Middle East: An opportunity for US regional policy?
By Jean-Loup Samaan
Jean-Loup Samaan analyzes how regional powers in the Middle East are reconsidering the multilateral balance of their foreign policy arrangements.
Issue BriefJun 6, 2023
How monarchies end
By Stephen Grand
Stephen R. Grand flips the analytical script on the spate of notable books covering “How Democracies Die.” Democracies can corrode and crumble, but so can autocracies. Why are there no books being published about how kings and queens, emperors and caliphs, cease to rule—either because their throne is transformed into a more ceremonial post or because they lose power entirely? For Arab monarchs, there are several apparent lessons to be learned.
Issue BriefMay 30, 2023
China’s subsea-cable power in the Middle East and North Africa
By Dale Aluf
Dale Aluf analyzes China’s campaign to make countries in the region more dependent on Chinese networks, while reducing its own dependence on foreign cables. China’s growing presence in the Middle East and North Africa’s cable industry is significant because Beijing has the power to shape the route of global internet traffic by determining when, where, and how to build cables.
ReportMar 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.
ReportMar 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
Issue BriefDec 15, 2021
Doing it his way: How Naftali Bennett could beat the odds and wind up transforming Israel
By Shalom Lipner
Israel is experiencing the throes of growing pain. After the uninterrupted, twelve-year reign of Benjamin Netanyahu – whom many Israelis considered irreplaceable as the country’s prime minister – Israelis have a new chief. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, virtually unknown on the global stage, is moving through this uncharted territory ambitiously.
Issue BriefAug 30, 2021
Pitching Abraham’s tent: The human dimension of UAE-Israeli normalization
By Yoel Guzansky, Shalom Lipner, Jonathan H. Ferziger, Sarah Feuer, Tomer Fadlon, Ari Heistein, Ebtesam Al Ketbi, and Noura Al Breiki
In the past year, many have written on the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab states, focusing on economic interests and emphasizing shared security interests in the region. Case studies, however, indicate that relations between countries are improved when they encompass aspects related to the lives of citizens. Incorporating an element of cultural affinity […]
ReportAug 17, 2021
Whither the Arabs: The end of the welfare state and the start of a journey into the unknown
By Hani K. Findakly, Kevin A. Findakly
Arab countries, rich and poor, large and small, are rapidly approaching a moment of reckoning. A confluence of anachronistic governance, economic mismanagement, and disruptive technology, which has changed the dynamics of both the supply and demand for hydrocarbon fuels and raw materials, is pushing the region to a tipping point.
Issue BriefJun 24, 2021
No, the US shouldn’t withdraw from the Middle East
By William F. Wechsler
Wechsler responds to the New American Engagement Initiative’s latest publication. Read his recommendations and analysis on why the US should not withdraw from the Middle East.