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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.

The latest pieces from MENASource:

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

The unlikely success of Egypt’s 2011 revolution: A revived women’s movement

What distinguishes the past decade from other parts of contemporary Egyptian history is the growing interest in women’s rights among broader segments of Egyptian society, including non-ideological women with little to no experience in political or social activism. This has occurred despite the general oppressive atmosphere that has cast a dark shadow over the January 25th revolution and its memory.

MENASource by Sara Khorshid

Middle East North Africa

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Region’s economies will benefit from Gulf-Qatar deal

The embargo had a significant negative impact on Qatar’s economy first and foremost, but it also had indirect consequences across the Gulf, and these were ultimately in part responsible for the decision to bring the dispute to a close.

MENASource by Tim Fox

Middle East The Gulf

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

What MENA leaders should expect from the Biden administration

MENA governments should pay careful attention to shifting priorities and policy agendas if they aim to maintain or improve relations with Washington.

MENASource by David Mack

Middle East

Experts

Content

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

The unlikely success of Egypt’s 2011 revolution: A revived women’s movement

What distinguishes the past decade from other parts of contemporary Egyptian history is the growing interest in women’s rights among broader segments of Egyptian society, including non-ideological women with little to no experience in political or social activism. This has occurred despite the general oppressive atmosphere that has cast a dark shadow over the January 25th revolution and its memory.

MENASource by Sara Khorshid

Middle East North Africa

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Nawaz joins CGTN to discuss U.S. troop withdrawals

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Nawaz joins Dawn News for an interview to discuss: Why not debate issues openly?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan India

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Double Vision

In Season 1, Episode 3 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews eyewa Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Anass Boumediene and Mehdi Oudghiri about the mindset that will create more entrepreneurs in the Middle East, policy changes that will lead to more unicorns, the acceleration of online payments and e-commerce, and new technologies that will soon replace in-person fitting rooms and eye tests.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Ferziger in Foreign Policy: Israel’s Arabs May Help Netanyahu Avoid Trump’s Miserable Fate

In the News

Israel Middle East

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Iran’s hardliners think Biden might hurt their June presidential election strategy

Hardliners had hoped that Donald Trump’s re-election would help them to oust the reformist and moderate candidates in June’s presidential election. Now hardliners are concerned that the new US administration will destroy their plans.

IranSource by Saeid Jafari

Iran Middle East

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Region’s economies will benefit from Gulf-Qatar deal

The embargo had a significant negative impact on Qatar’s economy first and foremost, but it also had indirect consequences across the Gulf, and these were ultimately in part responsible for the decision to bring the dispute to a close.

MENASource by Tim Fox

Middle East The Gulf

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

What MENA leaders should expect from the Biden administration

MENA governments should pay careful attention to shifting priorities and policy agendas if they aim to maintain or improve relations with Washington.

MENASource by David Mack

Middle East

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Why Iran could top Biden’s Middle East agenda

Each crisis represents a major US foreign-policy challenge, but all may receive less attention from the new American administration than another pressing issue in the region: Iran’s recent nuclear advances.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Fragmentation and perceived bias: The shortcomings of US policy towards tribes in Syria

The fragmentation and divisions that plague the Arab tribal population in northeastern Syria played a major role in the US’s decision not to rely primarily on tribal auxiliaries in its fight against ISIS.

MENASource by Haian Dukhan and Ammar Alhamad

Middle East Syria

Events

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Exploring innovative measures to map and mitigate illicit weapon transfers

Online Event A discussion of illicit conventional weapon flows and mechanisms to combat them, using lessons drawn from a new analysis of the materiel procurement network of militants operating in Bahrain.

12:00pm Iran Middle East Security & Defense Weapons Trafficking

Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Future foreign policy series featuring Rep. Ro Khanna

Online Event The Atlantic Council's New American Engagement Initiative presents a conversation featuring Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District) in discussion with Vox's Jen Kirby.

3:00pm Arms Control Conflict International Norms Middle East

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

The complexities of unraveling US sanctions and returning to the JCPOA

Online Event A new paper written by Brian O'Toole, discusses the complexities of sanctions relief in particular and the prospects for US diplomacy with Iran under the Biden administration.

12:00pm Arms Control Economic Sanctions Economy & Business Iran

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