Tue, Aug 13, 2019

The future of northeast Syria

Executive Summary The future of northeast Syria is unsettled after eight years of civil war and the US intervention to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). It also faces the various divergent interests of powerful external actors, including Russia and Turkey. In mid-April 2019, the Atlantic Council, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and the Foreign Policy […]

Report by Aaron Stein and Emily Burchfield

Rule of Law Syria

Wed, Jun 26, 2019

What does new polling data from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan tell us?

On June 26, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in collaboration with Arab Barometer held a public event to release the Arab Barometer’s latest public opinion survey data from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. The data covered topics such as the state of the economy, institutional trust, migration, government performance, media consumption, corruption, and foreign […]

Event Recap by Hariri Center

Economy & Business Iraq

Thu, Jun 6, 2019

Event Recap: Can the United States and China Cooperate in the Middle East?

This recap originally appeared in The New Atlanticist. Watch the video. While the United States and China grapple over trade, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, and geopolitical tensions in East Asia, open competition has not yet extended to the Middle East, a region where Washington remains a major player and Beijing has rapidly expanded its influence.

Event Recap by David A. Wemer

China Middle East

Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Roundtable with Ouidad Bouchamaoui

On Wednesday, April 10, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs hosted a discussion with Nobel Laureate Ouidad Bouchamaoui for a roundtable discussion on Ms. Bouchamaoui’s experience during the Tunisian revolution, current affairs, and hopes for Tunisia’s future. The discussion, moderated by Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson, touched on how Libya’s conflict can potentially […]

Event Recap by Middle East Programs

North Africa

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

The new Turkey: Making sense of Turkish decision-making

This new issue brief by Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Dr. Aaron Stein explores the challenges facing the United States and Europe as Turkish politicians use foreign policy as a tool for populist political gain. To better understand the relationship between Turkish policy-making and public opinion, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center worked with Metropoll, a […]

Issue Brief by Aaron Stein

NATO Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Nov 2, 2017

Turkey: Managing tensions and options to engage

This new issue brief argues that the United States should craft a realistic Turkey policy, given the current state of tensions over regional policy and the entrenchment of authoritarianism and illiberalism in Turkey. The piece contends that the trajectory of the relationship between the United States and Turkey suggests a need for the United States […]

Issue Brief by Aaron Stein

Politics & Diplomacy Turkey

Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Libya: From intervention to proxy war

More than six years after Libya’s 2011 revolution against Muammar al-Qaddafi, the situation in the country is significantly more complex and dangerous. The failure of the 2011 NATO intervention to assist the country with a comprehensive stabilization process led to rapid deterioration on the ground and created an opportunity for external actors to pursue competing […]

Issue Brief by Karim Mezran and Elissa Miller

Libya Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jun 20, 2017

The origins and evolution of ISIS in Libya

The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched a new report, the origins and evolution of ISIS in Libya, authored by Jason Pack, Rhiannon Smith, and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Karim Mezran. Jason Pack is the Founder and Director of Eye on ISIS in Libya and Rhiannon Smith is the Managing Director of Eye […]

Event Recap by Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

Extremism Libya

Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Turkey’s nuclear program

To decrease its heavy reliance on fossil fuels the Turkish government has made ambitious plans to increase its production of nuclear energy. It has reached tentative agreement with Russia and a Japanese-French consortium to build two nuclear power plants near Mersin on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and in the Sinop District on the Black Sea coast. […]

Issue Brief by Aaron Stein

Nuclear Energy Turkey

Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Aftermath of the Arab spring in North Africa

At the outset of the political uprisings that began in North Africa in 2010, the four countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia faced similar economic and political challenges. Over the past almost six years, the countries have adopted different approaches to address these problems, however the overall economic picture today is grim amid varied […]

Issue Brief by Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran

Economy & Business Libya