Middle East Programs

Working with our 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.




Mar 23, 2023

Defeating the Wagner Group

By Alia Brahimi

Host and nonresident senior fellow Alia Brahimi speaks with author and former mercenary Dr. Sean McFate about his three-pronged strategy for defeating the Wagner Group.

Conflict Crisis Management

In the News

Mar 15, 2023

Karim Mezran in The National Interest: Four Possible Scenarios for Tunisia’s Political Crisis

By Atlantic Council

North Africa Political Reform

In the News

Mar 13, 2023

Karim Mezran in Arab Digest: No End in Sight: Libya’s Consolidated Criminal Networks

By Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East


Feb 28, 2023

There is no democracy without civil society

By Karim Mezran and Elham Saudi

Twelve years after the Libyan uprising, we are at a crucial point on Libya’s road to democracy. Now more than ever, it is important that civil society is at the heart of the approaching electoral process and future governance.

Libya Middle East


Feb 28, 2023

To counter the Wagner Group’s presence in Africa, the US will need to prioritize stabilizing Libya

By Emadeddin Badi

Quelling the Wagner Group's influence in Libya will be challenging, as the US must address Libyan realities and unite Europe and regional powers to support its foreign policy endeavor.

Libya Middle East


Feb 27, 2023

From Twitter spats to island disputes, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have a bone to pick with each other

By Shahira Amin

Cairo's relationship with its Gulf ally has become increasingly fractious in recent weeks after a Saudi official made clear that any future Gulf assistance ”will come with strings attached."

Middle East North Africa


Feb 16, 2023

Fatma Said: Meet the soprano bridging the West and Arab world with her voice

By Holly Dagres

Egyptian opera singer Fatma Said was awarded the Rafik Hariri Artistic Excellence Award on February 14, 2023. The soprano was interviewed by our MENASource editor about her life and achievements.

Middle East North Africa


Feb 15, 2023

Brett McGurk sets out the ‘Biden doctrine’ for the Middle East

By Atlantic Council

In a keynote speech at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Awards, the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa explains the Biden administration's strategy in the region.

Iran Iraq

Issue Brief

Feb 15, 2023

Full throttle in neutral: China’s new security architecture for the Middle East 

By Tuvia Gering

This report addresses two widely held beliefs about the nature of China’s engagement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that ought to be revisited in light of notable developments. First, while it is widely assumed that Beijing’s interests in the region are limited to energy security and economic ties, this report will show how cooperation has […]

China Economy & Business

In the News

Feb 14, 2023

Alden interviewed by Il Messaggero on Italy’s status as a key US ally

By Atlantic Council

On January 28, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative nonresident senior fellow Alexander Alden spoke with Italian newspaper Il Messaggero on the United States’ view on the Meloni government in Libya and the Mediterranean and on its move away from Russian energy sources.

Civil Society Italian