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.



Thu, May 28, 2020

Vice Admiral (Ret.) John W. Miller joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC — May 28, 2020 — The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of Vice Admiral (Ret.) John W. “Fozzie” Miller as a nonresident senior fellow. Miller is an expert on US foreign policy and military presence in the Gulf, and he will contribute to the program’s range of work on […]

Press Release

Middle East Security & Defense

Mon, May 11, 2020

Increasing mutual dependence in Sino-Gulf relations is changing the strategic landscape

The conventional wisdom that the United States is the only viable partner for Gulf states is now being challenged by a new reality: the main importer of Gulf oil is now China. At the same time, China’s strategic goals increasingly encompass stability in the Middle East, while a more activist foreign policy under Xi Jinping ensures greater involvement in the security, as well as economic, discourse in the region.

EnergySource by Christian Le Miere

China Energy & Environment

Wed, May 6, 2020

ENEC’s Mohamed Al Hammadi: COVID-19 won’t delay Barakah nuclear plant

Construction of the Barakah nuclear energy plant in the United Arab Emirates—the first commercial nuclear power station in the Middle East—won’t be significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the economic upheaval it has unleashed upon the world. That’s the word from Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC), which is building […]

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Nuclear Energy The Gulf

Mon, May 4, 2020

Will Saudi Arabia’s private sector be able to hold up during a pandemic?

On April 3, the Saudi government issued a royal decree allocating $2.4 billion to compensate citizens who work in the private sector in facilities affected by the pandemic. However, such bounteous support might only reduce the problem, not solve it.

MENASource by Abdullah F. Alrebh

Coronavirus Middle East

Mon, May 4, 2020

Fontenrose joins NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss Saudi oil tankers headed toward US

In the News

Oil and Gas Saudi Arabia
A net launched from a net-capture system just before catching its target, Quantico, Virginia (December 2018). Source: Red Six Solutions

Mon, May 4, 2020

Drone attacks against critical infrastructure: A real and present threat

Read the Middle East Program's new paper on the use of weaponized drones in the Middle East, with recommendations for policymakers.

Issue Brief by Dr. Scott Crino and Conrad "Andy" Dreby

Drones Middle East

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Blakemore quoted in Al Jazeera on oil price crisis and US-Saudi relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Oil and Gas Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: Oil Prices May Recover Before 2021

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Oil and Gas

Sun, Apr 26, 2020

How does the G20 COVID-19 fiscal response compare to the Global Financial Crisis?

How does the G20 COVID-19 fiscal response compare to the Global Financial Crisis?


Australia China

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Israel-Gulf ties, boosted by COVID-19 research, may trip over annexation plans

For policymakers, the prospect of West Bank annexation posed by Israel’s incoming coalition government is a reminder of the delicacy of Mideast peacemaking.

MENASource by Jonathan H. Ferziger

Coronavirus Israel


Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Four-month countdown to the expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran

ONLINE EVENT - How will the world react? Whether the UN arms embargo on Iran expires or is extended will have major implications for the United States’ partners, competitors, and the region.