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.
Issue briefs and reportsMay 18, 2021
Domestic violent extremism and the intelligence challenge
By Mitchell D. Silber
Mitchell Silber presents recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the post-9/11 intelligence architecture against the domestic violent-extremist threat, including a more robust collection of social media content.
In-Depth Research & ReportsMay 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.
In-Depth Research & ReportsDec 22, 2020
United States interests and policy choices in the Middle East: We didn’t start the fire…
By Michael S. Bell
In a new report, Dr. Michael S. Bell, a professor at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, defines those interests, highlights major threats to them, and offers recommendations for US policy makers.
In-Depth Research & ReportsDec 15, 2020
A guide to illicit Iranian weapon transfers: The Bahrain file
By Tim Michetti
A new report by illicit weapon flows expert Tim Michetti offers a comprehensive, field-based case study on illicit Iranian weapon flows. The report is based on a confidential assessment of the materiel procurement networks of militants operating inside Bahrain.
ReportDec 10, 2020
Closing the accountability gap on human rights violators in the Islamic Republic of Iran through global litigation strategies
By Gissou Nia
Gissou Nia presents recommendations for new laws, amendments to existing laws, and the creation of enforcement mechanisms to aid in the effort to combat impunity for the IRI’s human rights violations and atrocity crimes.