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Dec 17, 2021

2021: A year in the Middle East

By Holly Dagres

2021 was a year full of impactful elections, historic anniversaries, and new challenges for the Middle East and North Africa.

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In the News

Dec 14, 2021

Ashford in Foreign Affairs: “If dictators fear Western interventions, nuclear development is an unfortunate yet likely outcome”

By Atlantic Council

On December 14, Ashford was featured in a Foreign Affairs “Ask the Experts” roundup on the future of nuclear proliferation. “Two factors seem likely to push proliferation in the near term. First, the balance of power is shifting toward a more multipolar world, in which it is likely that smaller states may feel more threatened […]

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Issue Brief

Dec 9, 2021

Assumption #4: The United States should prioritize the promotion of democracy around the world over other key US objectives

By Mathew Burrows, Evan Cooper

Policymakers should take a triage approach with regard to democracy promotion, starting first and foremost with the state of democracy at home.

Civil Society Democratic Transitions

In the News

Dec 2, 2021

Nasr’s opinion piece in Foreign Affairs: All Against All – The Sectarian Resurgence in the Post-American Middle East

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Extremism

MENASource

Dec 2, 2021

The failed assassination attempt on PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi is a reminder of Iraq’s deferred priorities

By Abbas Kadhim

The Iraqi government correctly recognized that the response to this assault on democracy shouldn’t involve unconstitutional and extra-judicial means, as this would essentially be aiding the perpetrators—whoever they might be—in accomplishing what they failed to impose by violence.

Iraq Middle East

In the News

Nov 17, 2021

Grieco in Parameters: “The US military no longer dominates the skies”

By Atlantic Council

On November 17, Grieco was featured in the US Army War College’s Quarterly, Parameters, in which she coauthored an article with Max Bremer on the concept of verticality when assessing threats to control of the air littoral. “This new and unprecedented littoral challenge to US air superiority calls for more than technological solutions. It requires […]

English Iraq

In the News

Nov 11, 2021

Kadhim and Slavin quoted in TRT World on the failed assassination attempt on President Mustafa al-Kadhimi

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Crisis Management

MENASource

Nov 8, 2021

Experts React: Assassination attempt on Iraq’s prime minister

By Andrew L. Peek, Barbara Slavin, C. Anthony Pfaff, Thomas S. Warrick, Matthew Zais, Nathan Sales

Atlantic Council experts react to the news of the attack, assess the impact on Iraqi politics, and offer their analysis on how the international community may respond.

Iraq Middle East

In the News

Nov 8, 2021

Kadhim quoted in Deutsche Welle on the failed assassination attempt on President Mustafa al-Kadhimi

By Atlantic Council

Arabic Democratic Transitions

In the News

Nov 1, 2021

Kadhim quoted in Washington Report on Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections

By Atlantic Council

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