Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Partners or competitors? The future of the Iran-Russia power tandem in the Middle East

Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, writes in a new issue brief entitled Partners or Competitors? The Future of the Iran-Russia Power Tandem in the Middle East that Russia and Iran are currently drawn into partnership over common regional interests and anti-American policies and sentiments despite centuries of historical […]

Issue Brief by John Herbst

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Iran’s bottom line in Afghanistan

Due to proximity and historical ties, no other country is as well placed as Iran to play a dominant role in Afghan society, as Middle East Institute senior fellow Alex Vatanka shows in his new paper, Iran’s Bottom Line in Afghanistan. However, Tehran is focused on short-term tactical gains at the expense of a sustainable, […]

Issue Brief by Alex Vatanka

Afghanistan Iran

Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Tehran stands atop the Syria-Iran alliance

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has managed to hold onto power through the civil war and has the determined support of Iran to thank for his position. In Tehran Stands Atop the Syria-Iran Alliance, author Danielle Pletka examines ties between Syria and Iran, the power relationship that has emerged, and the legacy it leaves for the […]

Issue Brief by Danielle Pletka

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Iran’s fingerprints in Yemen: real or imagined?

In Iran’s Fingerprints in Yemen: Real or Imagined?, Dr. Elisabeth Kendall, nonresident senior fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative and senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic studies at Pembroke College at Oxford University, investigates the true extent of Iran’s presence in Yemen, including both military and cultural aspects. […]

Issue Brief by Elisabeth Kendall

Iran Security & Defense

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

US strategy options for Iran’s regional challenge

In their new paper, entitled US Strategy Options for Iran’s Regional Challenge, Kenneth M. Pollack, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Bilal Y. Saab, senior fellow and director for defense and security at the Middle East Institute, present five alternative strategies that the United States could pursue to limit Iran’s destabilizing activities. After […]

Report by Kenneth M. Pollack and Bilal Y. Saab

Iran Security Partnerships

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

The roots and evolution of Iran’s regional strategy

Understanding what drives Iran’s regional policies is crucial to confronting its challenges. In her new paper, entitled The Roots and Evolution of Iran’s Regional Strategy, Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of foreign policy and senior fellow for Middle East policy at the Brookings Institution, explores how the Islamic Republic operates throughout the Middle East, and the […]

Issue Brief by Suzanne Maloney

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Revolution unveiled: A closer look at Iran’s presence and influence in the Middle East

Revolution Unveiled: A Closer Look at Iran’s Presence and Influence in the Middle East, by Phillip Smyth, Tim Michetti, and Owen Daniels, pieces together snapshots of Iran’s influence in the region using photographic analysis, geolocation, social media monitoring, and other methods. Through four case studies, this report systematically examines new or lesser-known methods Iran employs […]

Report by Phillip Smyth, Tim Michetti, and Owen Daniels

Iran Middle East

Wed, Mar 22, 2017

From the Gulf to the Nile: water security in an arid region

Fresh water is fundamental to human health, social development, peace, and economic growth everywhere in the world. Yet in a great many places, and for a great many people, clean freshwater is scarce. Current trends on both the supply and demand sides strongly suggest that clean freshwater availability will become more challenging in more places […]

Report by Peter Engelke and Howard Passell

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

History’s lessons for resolving today’s Middle East conflicts

In the spirit of the adage that “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it,” History’s Lessons for Resolving Today’s Middle East Conflicts, by Mathew J. Burrows, examines past precedents for resolving highly complex conflicts, by delving into seven historic examples of peacemaking.

Issue Brief by Mathew J. Burrows

Conflict Middle East

Mon, Apr 18, 2016

After hub-and-spoke: US hegemony in a new Gulf security order

The era of Pax Americana in the Gulf, and perhaps in the broader Middle East, is changing. Regional transformation and chaos resulting from the Arab uprisings, the rise of ISIS and its global terrorist reach, shifting US priorities around the world, and the rise of other outside powers in the Gulf have contributed to an […]

Regional Security Initiative by Bilal Y. Saab

Middle East Security & Defense