United Nations arms embargo on Iran

How will the world react? The Middle East Programs presents a series of global perspectives on how the world is approaching the October 2020 expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2020

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

10:00am ONLINE EVENT

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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.

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Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Mapping Russia’s soft power efforts in Syria through humanitarian aid

By mapping where Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria has delivered aid over an 18-month period (between 2018 and 2020), a picture of Russia’s soft power tactics in Syria can be formed.

Blog Post by Marika Sosnowski and Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Libya’s crisis is a tough puzzle to solve for Egypt

Two elements are certain in this complex scenario. Firstly, Cairo will not fall into the trap of being drawn into an open proxy war in Libya, since it might have serious repercussions on the security of its porous borders, especially in the south. Secondly, Haftar’s next moves will effectively define whether the relations have cooled between him and Cairo or whether Libya is facing yet another aftershock in a marriage that is more tactical than strategic.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

Conflict Crisis Management

Experts

Content

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

Hezbollah takes control of Lebanon’s judiciary in assault on rule of law

Lebanon is a nation in crisis. Just as Hezbollah is the main cause of the current economic crisis, Hezbollah, through its FPM allies, is also the impetus for the assault on the rule of law. The Hezbollahization of Lebanon must be reversed. Reforming one broken sector in Lebanon without restoring the rule of law—the most foundational pillar of Lebanese society—will play into Hezbollah’s hands, continue the misery of the Lebanese people, and ensure Lebanon’s inevitable failure.

New Atlanticist by Michael D. Barbero

Civil Society Corruption

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

How to fix the “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran

The Trump administration’s strategy suffers from internal tensions and inherent contradictions that have undermined its effectiveness from the beginning.

IranSource by Colonel Udi Evental

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Lipner in the American Interest: Annexation and the dubious doctrine of wishful thinking

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Israel Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Fayyad in TIME: How Palestinians can reunite under a new agenda to counter Israel’s annexation

In the News

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Kroenig and Ashford Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal in Foreign Policy

On June 26, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig and the Cato Institute’s Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs.In this column, they discuss former national security advisor John Bolton’s impact on the Trump administration’s Iran policy and the consequences of pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Just how happy are Iranians with their lives?

Iran ranks 118 out of 153 countries on the UN’s 2020 World Happiness Index (WHI), slightly above the lowest quintile—the least happy.

IranSource by Nadereh Chamlou

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Mapping Russia’s soft power efforts in Syria through humanitarian aid

By mapping where Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria has delivered aid over an 18-month period (between 2018 and 2020), a picture of Russia’s soft power tactics in Syria can be formed.

Blog Post by Marika Sosnowski and Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Rapid response: The SABIC-Aramco merger

Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) finalized on June 16, 2020, provides a window into the Saudi strategy to become a world-scale chemicals producer. However, the structure of the deal also offers an interesting look into the Saudi financial position amid low oil prices and a global pandemic.

EnergySource by Jean-François Seznec

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Pressed by sanctions and coronavirus, can Iranian businesses bounce back?

During the past four decades, Iranian entrepreneurs have always found ways of reviving business activities and productivity in times of crisis. However, current challenges are undermining those efforts and driving many Iranians into further poverty.

IranSource by Mohsen Tavakol

Iran Middle East

Events

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

COVID-19 in the Middle East: An opportunity to improve public health?

ONLINE EVENT - Discussion co-hosted with the United Nations Development Program's Regional Bureau for Arab States on public health challenges in the Arab world amid COVID-19.

9:30am ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Israel’s growing ties with the Gulf Arab states

ONLINE EVENT - Launch and discussion of issue brief on the recent rapprochement between Israel and the Gulf states.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Challenging convention: Charting a course for the New American Engagement Initiative

ONLINE EVENT — Which of the assumptions guiding US foreign policy are no longer fit for purpose? How can the United States learn from past mistakes and develop more productive and responsible modes of engagement?

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT