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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.

The latest pieces from MENASource:

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

How to normalize the Iraq-Iran relationship

Of course, no country exists in a vacuum, but there are certain clarifications of the relationship between the two countries that every Iraqi should support—and Americans should insist upon.

MENASource by Andrew L. Peek

Iran Iraq

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Senior State Department official says US is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Joe Biden Administration is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and deepening economic cooperation between the United States and the region

MENASource by Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Experts

Content

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Multiple elections could boost hardline victories in Iran

There are no definite candidates yet in the reformist-moderate camp for obvious reasons—they are likely to lose. Unless there is a drastic change in the political or economic atmosphere that can guarantee a bigger turnout, the candidates of this camp do not have any chance of winning.

IranElections2021 by Anonymous

Iran Middle East

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford debate Biden’s strike against Iranian-backed militia and what it means for US-Iran negotiations

On March 5, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Biden’s retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed proxies, the potential for negotiations with Iran, and what a renewed nuclear agreement with Iran might […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Iraq

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

Nasr in Foreign Affairs: Biden’s narrow window of opportunity on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Nuclear Deterrence

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

Nasr in Foreign Policy: The Middle East’s next conflicts won’t be between Arab States and Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

Kroenig appears on Al Jazeera to discuss President Biden’s strike on Iranian-backed militia

On February 26, Matthew Kroenig appeared on Al Jazeera where he discussed President Biden’s strike on an Iranian-backed militia, in response to a rocket attack against US forces.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Mar 3, 2021

How to normalize the Iraq-Iran relationship

Of course, no country exists in a vacuum, but there are certain clarifications of the relationship between the two countries that every Iraqi should support—and Americans should insist upon.

MENASource by Andrew L. Peek

Iran Iraq

Tue, Mar 2, 2021

Must see (Saudi) TV

On episode 6 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host and Atlantic Council empowerME Director Amjad Ahmad speaks with Telfaz 11 and C3 Films CEO Alaa Fadan about his trailblazing efforts to produce TV and media content with Saudi talent, the recent Netflix deal, and the culture change that is boosting entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment in Saudi Arabia.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Mon, Mar 1, 2021

Saeed Mohammad: The young face of the IRGC weighing his political options

Even if Saeed Mohammad does not run in the June elections, he will still remain an influential figure and a rising star within the IRGC cadre, who is likely to play a larger role within the Islamic Republic’s political establishment.

IranElections2021 by Sina Azodi

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

After the Khashoggi report: How the US can respond and avoid blowback

There is a wide array of options available to the United States as a response to the Khashoggi report. But some carry more potential for blowback than others. When assessing the range of options, the Biden administration should choose those that mitigate the negative impact on long-term US interests.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Middle East Saudi Arabia

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Events

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

Pursuing war crimes: The meaning of justice in the Syria context

Online Event Experts discuss prospects of accountability and justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.

10:00am International Norms Middle East Rule of Law Syria

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Iran faces old challenges in a new century

Online Event March 21 – Nowruz – marks the beginning of a new century for Iranians who count their years according to the solar calendar. A discussion of the similarities and differences between the Iran of today and a century ago, and takeaways for the century ahead.

12:00pm Iran Middle East Politics & Diplomacy Resilience & Society

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

A conversation with former director of Israel’s Mossad, Shabtai Shavit

Online Event Director Shavit discusses his new book, “Head of the Mossad: In Pursuit of a Safe and Secure Israel,” and a host of regional issues, including the recently signed Abraham Accords.

12:00pm Intelligence Israel Middle East Security & Defense

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