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Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

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MENASource

Feb 14, 2024

The ‘day after’ is today: An evasive Netanyahu is abdicating his responsibility for Israel’s fate

By Shalom Lipner

Trapped between two cabinets with conflicting outlooks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has resorted to stonewalling.

Elections Israel

New Atlanticist

Feb 13, 2024

China is testing its freeriding strategy in the Red Sea

By Léonie Allard

The United States and its allies and partners must find ways to better manage Beijing’s freeriding and opportunism in the northwestern Indian Ocean.

China Maritime Security

In the News

Feb 13, 2024

Charai in The National Interest: Only American leadership can solve the Middle East crisis

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Iran

MENASource

Feb 13, 2024

Lebanon is using Hezbollah to blackmail Israel on border talks 

By David Daoud

The Lebanese government seems to believe that it will get better terms as international desperation to stop Hezbollah’s attacks grows.

Conflict Israel

In the News

Feb 10, 2024

Donovan quoted in Al-Monitor on Iran sanctions evasion

Read the full piece here.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Blog Post

Feb 8, 2024

State of the Order: What the past month’s events foretell about the world order in 2024

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Event Recap

Feb 8, 2024

Transforming Saudi Arabia’s digital landscape through empowering women entrepreneurs

By Charles Johnson

Event recap for the Transforming Saudi Arabia’s digital landscape through empowering women entrepreneurs

Economy & Business Middle East

MENASource

Feb 8, 2024

Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea add to Egypt’s economic troubles

By Shahira Amin

The decline in Suez Canal revenues has put further strain on Egypt's already faltering economy at a time when the country faces a severe foreign currency shortage.

Conflict Economy & Business

Blog Post

Feb 7, 2024

State of the Order: How the final month of 2023 shaped the democratic world order

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

China Economy & Business

China-MENA Podcast

Feb 7, 2024

Domestic Drivers of China’s Foreign Policy in MENA

By Atlantic Council

Kerry Brown joins us to discuss the domestic drivers shaping China's international engagements, its middle-class aspirations and interest in international relations, and the intimate link between China's international interests and what serves the party-state's stability, shedding light on its diplomatic decision-making and potential implications for MENA.

China East Asia

Experts