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Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Top UAE officials assess renewables, peak oil, and the post-COVID energy market

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE’s minister of industry and advanced technology, joined Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE minister of energy and infrastructure, and Musabbeh Al Kaabi, the CEO of UAE investments at the Mubadala Investment Company.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Transcript: Global Energy Forum conversations with Sultan Al Jaber, Suhail Al Mazrouei, and Musabbeh Al Kaabi

The 2021 Global Energy Forum kicked off with conversations with top thought leaders on the future of energy.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Why immunity for MBS should be off the table

American laws that allow for rogue royal princes like MBS to be held accountable for gross human rights violations, such as extrajudicial killing and torture, protect Americans and American values.

MENASource by Michael Eisner and Jack Steele

Middle East The Gulf

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Oman designates a crown prince, a first for the country

January 11 marked the first anniversary of Sultan Haitham bin Tareq’s selection as the successor to Sultan Qaboos bin Said. While there were no official celebrations, the government marked the event with a series of announcements and many Omanis congratulated the Sultan on the first anniversary of his rule.

MENASource by Marc J. Sievers

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Experts react: The United States designates Houthi rebels as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

On January 11, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States is designating Yemen’s Houthi rebel group Ansar Allah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Atlantic Council experts react to the designation and what it means for the wider region.

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jan 8, 2021

The Biden administration’s Yemen imperative

Ending the war in Yemen, which has raged for the past six years, would fulfill two stated goals of the incoming Joe Biden administration: restoring the United States’ leadership role in international affairs and reducing tensions in the Gulf.

MENASource by Nabeel Khoury

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Jan 6, 2021

Fontenrose joins Bloomberg to discuss what the incoming Biden Administration means for US-Gulf relations

In the News

Elections Middle East

Tue, Jan 5, 2021

Fontenrose joins CNBC to discuss Iran’s announcement that it was enriching uranium to 20% purity

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jan 5, 2021

Badi quoted in Reuters on the US-brokered deal to ease Gulf crisis

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Jan 4, 2021

A more serious agreement to end the Gulf rift would yield a bigger political payout for Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Everyone wins if the rift ends now. Any later, and MBS loses his shot at immunity and the UAE loses its chance to please both political parties in the US. The time to act is this week.

MENASource by Kirsten Fontenrose

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy


Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Future foreign policy series featuring Rep. Ro Khanna

Online Event The Atlantic Council's New American Engagement Initiative presents a conversation featuring Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District) in discussion with Vox's Jen Kirby.

3:00pm Arms Control Conflict International Norms Middle East

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