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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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, Sep 22, 2020

The Gordian knot of Kurdish unity talks in Syria

On September 20, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited northeast Syria for a meeting with delegations of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and allied Kurdish parties who have been engaging in so-called unity talks since November 2019.

MENASource by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Reliable no more? The current state of the Syrian armed forces

The current conflict has truly impacted the configuration of the Bashar al-Assad regime as well as the structure and orientation of its military institution, putting the latter’s loyalty in question.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Conflict Middle East

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

The Middle East is a growing marketplace, not just a war zone

The region is vast and complex, and outsiders who do not fully understand its nations or peoples overlook the nuances of the nearly twenty countries that make up the Middle East.

MENASource by Amjad Ahmad

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Lipner in The Hill: Peace is great. Now, about that virus…

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

If Trump wins, he needs a new approach to Iran

If US President Donald Trump wins re-election, he will have an opportunity to review his failed approach toward Iran.

Elections 2020 by Barbara Slavin

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Ferziger in Foreign Policy: Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran

In the News

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

The chosen people vs. their chosen people

As Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s court trial and the Knesset’s deadline to negotiate a fiscal deal draw near, the Israeli government faces a crisis of accountability. A bloated bureaucracy and constant competition have impaired the government’s ability to formulate and implement sound diplomatic, security, and economic decisions. A new Atlantic Council issue brief, “The Chosen […]

Issue Brief by Shalom Lipner

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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Shaffer in The Brown Journal of World Affairs: In the era of US energy abundance: the role of the Caspian Region in US policy

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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

After snapback sanctions on Iran: A European perspective

As seen from Europe, which has its own continuing embargo on arms transfers to Iran through 2023, the Trump administration will likely not insist on imposing its "parallel reality" on reluctant allies.

IranSource by Michel Duclos

Iran Middle East

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

How the Iranian air force turned the tide of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980

In the case of the Iranian armed forces, one must speak of months of prosecution, summary executions, and an almost complete breakdown of the chain of command following the 1979 revolution. Yet, despite all odds, the Artesh chose to fight bravely when the Iraqi army invaded Iran on September 20, 1980.

IranSource by Ali Dadpay and Sina Azodi

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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Atlantic Council launches empowerME

New effort from Rafik Hariri Center will be driving force for economic and human prosperity in the Middle East

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Tue, Sep 22, 2020

The Gordian knot of Kurdish unity talks in Syria

On September 20, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited northeast Syria for a meeting with delegations of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and allied Kurdish parties who have been engaging in so-called unity talks since November 2019.

MENASource by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Reliable no more? The current state of the Syrian armed forces

The current conflict has truly impacted the configuration of the Bashar al-Assad regime as well as the structure and orientation of its military institution, putting the latter’s loyalty in question.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Conflict Middle East

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Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Regional expansionism: Iran’s militias in the Levant

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion on how the current administration, and a possible future Democratic administration, might address the grave risks of Iran’s regional expansionism in the Levant.

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