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.




Nov 3, 2023

As the Gaza war continues, Egypt is facing pressure to act     

By Shahira Amin

As Israel expands its ground raids in the Gaza Strip, Egypt is witnessing the ripple effects of the war and faces growing pressure to act in regard to Palestinian refugees.  

Conflict Israel


Oct 27, 2023

A humanitarian corridor in the Israeli Negev could save Gazans

By Alan Pino and Casimir Yost

There is no perfect solution to alleviate the death and destruction that awaits in the Gaza Strip, but getting women, children, and the elderly out of harm’s way would be a positive step.

Israel Middle East


Oct 27, 2023

The Israel-Hamas war is a distraction from Ukraine, but Russia isn’t necessarily benefiting

By Mark N. Katz

The eruption of conflict between Israel and Hamas, which creates the potential for an even broader conflict poses dangers for Moscow, too.

Europe & Eurasia Human Rights


Oct 26, 2023

Prosecuting the Wagner Group

By Alia Brahimi

Host and Nonresident Senior Fellow Alia Brahimi speaks with international human rights lawyer Jason McCue about the legal mechanisms available to prosecute the Wagner Group.

Conflict Crisis Management


Oct 14, 2023

Egypt cornered over Israel’s war on Hamas

By Shahira Amin

Whether Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will bow under US and Israeli pressure remains to be seen.

Israel Middle East


Sep 29, 2023

Cultivating change: Women as catalysts for agricultural transformation in the MENA region

By Marcy Grossman

By engaging women in decision-making leadership roles and providing them with access to education and training, a wellspring of innovative solutions can be unlocked to address challenges in agriculture, food security, and water security.

Israel Middle East


Sep 22, 2023

The Derna catastrophe is a sign that the international community needs to take action in Libya

By Karim Mezran

This narrow window of opportunity is unlikely to remain open for long.

Libya Middle East


Sep 21, 2023

Tracking mercenaries

By Alia Brahimi

Host and Nonresident Senior Fellow Alia Brahimi speaks with investigative journalist Eliot Higgins about his open-source investigations into mercenary warfare

Conflict Crisis Management

The Freedom and Prosperity Equation

Sep 18, 2023

The quest for freedom and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa

By Khémaies Jhinaoui

Following the Arab Spring, the lack of realism and inexperience of ruling regimes hindered progress. Three key lessons: the quest for freedom does not have to be radical; gradual reform is more effective, and foreign influence shapes the struggle for regional freedom and prosperity.

Democratic Transitions Freedom and Prosperity

In the News

Sep 14, 2023

N7 Initiative mentioned in The Times of Israel on future diplomacy efforts in the region

By Atlantic Council

English International Norms