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Thu, Mar 26, 2020

The Russian-Saudi oil war: $15 per barrel?

10:00am ONLINE EVENT

Programs

Iran Initiative

Provides a balanced approach of engagement and containment for regional policy makers with unique perspectives and analysis on the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing Iran while promoting US interests, regional conflict resolution, and the well-being of the Iranian people.

The latest pieces from MENASource:

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Syrian opposition: Move, disband, or do the bidding of others

Recent events inside Syria pose a question: Can the Syrian opposition outside Syria play a constructive political role if the regime begins to wobble or topple?

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, May 27, 2020

Twenty years after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah faces host of challenges

The Israeli troop withdrawal was a moment of victory for Hezbollah, but the group has also placed the party in a quandary for the first time, which it has had to wrestle with before a growing audience of critics.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Israel Lebanon

Tue, May 19, 2020

Pompeo’s mystery tour to Israel

With much of global diplomacy relegated to video conferences these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, the timing of Pompeo’s decision to traverse the Atlantic raised more than a few eyebrows.

MENASource by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Experts

Content

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Iran oil exports face a tough future even after the coronavirus

Even before the coronavirus pandemic erupted, Iran’s oil exports were declining as a result of secondary US sanctions.

IranSource by Omid Shokri Kalehsar

Energy & Environment Iran

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

‘Maximum pressure’ on the economy won’t change Iran’s behavior

Even when the Iranian leadership has had to make strategic decisions and change its policies, the economy was only one of many considerations and not, necessarily, the primary one.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Syrian opposition: Move, disband, or do the bidding of others

Recent events inside Syria pose a question: Can the Syrian opposition outside Syria play a constructive political role if the regime begins to wobble or topple?

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, May 29, 2020

Pompeo’s attempted dismantlement of the Iran nuclear deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has handed Tehran a perfect excuse to resume nuclear activities of proliferation concern.

Blogs by Mark Fitzpatrick

Iran Middle East

Thu, May 28, 2020

Vice Admiral (Ret.) John W. Miller joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC — May 28, 2020 — The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of Vice Admiral (Ret.) John W. “Fozzie” Miller as a nonresident senior fellow. Miller is an expert on US foreign policy and military presence in the Gulf, and he will contribute to the program’s range of work on […]

Press Release

Middle East Security & Defense

Thu, May 28, 2020

Aman as a speaker at the Middle East Institute: Iran, Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan: Prospects and Potential Trajectories

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Wed, May 27, 2020

Twenty years after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah faces host of challenges

The Israeli troop withdrawal was a moment of victory for Hezbollah, but the group has also placed the party in a quandary for the first time, which it has had to wrestle with before a growing audience of critics.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Israel Lebanon

Tue, May 26, 2020

A Biden presidency is bad news for Netanyahu, but not necessarily for Israel’s national security

The possibility of a Biden presidency might have a significant impact on Israel.

IranSource by Shemuel Meir

Iran Israel

Thu, May 21, 2020

Will COVID-19 exacerbate or defuse conflicts in the Middle East?

With the virus has come the reshuffling of priorities needed to combat the pandemic, casting new light on these long-running conflicts. On May 20, 2020, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo sat down with the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative director Barbara Slavin to discuss potential new openings to advance peace in the region.

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Coronavirus Middle East

Thu, May 21, 2020

Iran and the US ‘meet’ again over Afghanistan

Iran has shown a willingness to engage with the US when the time and venue are right.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Afghanistan Iran

Events

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

A conversation with Iraq’s former foreign minister Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim

ONLINE EVENT — A discussion with Iraq's most recent former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim moderated by Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative Director Dr. Abbas Kadhim.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Four-month countdown to the expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran

ONLINE EVENT - How will the world react? Whether the UN arms embargo on Iran expires or is extended will have major implications for the United States’ partners, competitors, and the region.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT