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.




Feb 10, 2023

If well managed, Italy and Algeria could build a strong and viable geo-economic bridge between both shores of the Med

By Abdelkader Abderrahmane

Surfing on special ties and the war in Ukraine, Italy and Algeria have undoubtedly spotted an opportunity to further strengthen their economic and geopolitical relationship. 

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia


Feb 2, 2023

Egypt just seized part of Libya’s maritime zone. What’s the story behind the Egyptian decree no one is talking about?

By Ali Bakir

On December 13, 2022, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a presidential decree demarcating the country's maritime borders with Libya.

Libya Middle East


Feb 1, 2023

Libya’s political impasse and the $6 billion question

By Alia Brahimi

On January 5, after months of talks brokered in Egypt, Libya’s rival legislative bodies finally agreed to begin discussions to develop the constitutional basis for elections.

Libya Middle East


Jan 24, 2023

Rising inflation is hurting Egypt’s economy. Will the country’s powerful military cede economic power to salvage it?

By Shahira Amin

The prices of food and other basic commodities including housing and medical services have soared over the past few months as the country faces rising inflation.

Economy & Business Middle East

Event Recap

Dec 23, 2022

Governing the Ungovernable. Consolidating the Libyan State Amidst Emerging Criminal Networks

Libya has endured ten years of turmoil, lack of stability, foreign interference, and internal strife. The presence and proliferation of local armed groups have further eroded state-building processes. Read this event recap to know more about Libya's future.

Middle East North Africa


Dec 23, 2022

2022: A year in the Middle East

By Nour Alhajjeh and Madeline Hart 

2022 was a year full of unprecedented protests, groundbreaking state visits, historical elections, and new challenges for the Middle East and North Africa.

Iran Iraq


Dec 21, 2022

It’s time for Tunisia’s president to resign. Here’s why.

By Alissa Pavia

The sound of Tunisia’s silence was deafening after only 11.2 percent of Tunisians—one million out of nine million eligible voters—participated in the December 17 parliamentary elections.

Elections Middle East


Dec 19, 2022

Sullivan quoted in VOA on Egyptian natural gas

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security


Dec 15, 2022

Cultural exchange can foster a peaceful coexistence in the Middle East

By Nureldin Satti

Cultural exchange is based on the will of individuals, groups, and nations to reach out to each other and better learn, or re-learn, to live together.

Israel Middle East

In the News

Dec 8, 2022

Farrand in ECFR: Against the Flow – Europe’s Role in Kickstarting Algeria’s Green Transition

By Atlantic Council

Middle East North Africa