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.


Counterterrorism Study Group

The Counterterrorism Study Group is a forum for former counterterrorism officials to review the latest threats, to understand emerging trends and future predictions, and to explore creative new proposals for improving the effectiveness of current policies and operations.


Podcast series

Listen to the latest episode of the China-MENA podcast, featuring conversations with academics, government leaders, and the policy community on China’s role in the Middle East.


Gulf Security Task Force

The Gulf Security Task Force is revisiting the question of how to best protect US interests in this sensitive, always relevant region. Our goal is to provide US decision-makers with an updated, fact-based strategy for protecting US interests in the air and maritime domain from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea, and ensuring Gulf partners’ ability to assume this responsibility, with the assistance and leadership of the United States.

Experts

Content

In the News

Jun 28, 2022

Fontenrose quoted in Middle East Eye on the Biden administration’s move to reestablish relations with Saudi Arabia

By Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Saudi Arabia

In the News

Jun 28, 2022

Slavin participated in Arab Center DC event on if the Qatar talks will produce a nuclear deal with Iran

By Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

MENASource

Jun 28, 2022

Egypt is cozying up to Russia. It’s time for the US to step in.

By Shahira Amin

Egypt has, on several occasions, proved its mettle as a  mediator between Israel and the Palestinians. Such support would also ensure Cairo's commitment to continuing the economic and political reforms it has started which are in the interests of both the US and Egypt.

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Jun 27, 2022

Azodi quoted in Media Line on Qatar’s role in mediating US-Iran talks

By Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Jun 24, 2022

Lipsky cited in USA Today on the legal and economic difficulties of liquidating frozen assets ahead of upcoming G7 summit

Read the full article here.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

In the News

Jun 22, 2022

Shapiro interviewed in Al-Monitor podcast on steps toward Israel-Saudi Arabia normalization

By Atlantic Council

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

China-MENA Podcast

Jun 16, 2022

Chinese Tech in North Africa

By Atlantic Council

Tin Hinane joins us to discuss Chinese Tech in North Africa, China’s attempt to dominate the digital space in North Africa via tech giants such as Huawei and Alibaba, and the Digital Silk Road.

China Digital Policy

In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Zais in Middle East Institute: Realistic regional policy goals for reaching net-zero by 2050

By Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Panikoff quoted in South China Morning post on Biden’s Middle East trip

By Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Ashford in The New Arab: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates

By Atlantic Council

On June 15, Emma Ashford’s new book, Oil, the State and War, was reviewed in The New Arab. The reviewer wrote, “Oil, the State, and War is a book that helps understand the times we live in. It will be a great addition to the library of both the general reader interested in global affairs […]

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