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, Apr 15, 2021

Baby bottle coffee drinks and censorship: The ultimate guide to Arab TikTok

Although TikTok provides a platform for creative expression and political speech, repressive governments around the world attempt to censor users—and the Middle East is no exception. Those in charge are fearful of the app’s quick-sharing nature, which can allow anything from popular dances to government slander to spread rapidly.

MENASource by Samantha Treiman

Media Middle East

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Russia is friendly with the Houthis in Yemen. But it’s complicated.

Even though Moscow may not be militarily involved in Yemen does not mean that Russia is uninvolved.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Apr 6, 2021

The Abraham Accords hold the key to Biden’s East Med policy

While motivated by the potential for a new Iran nuclear deal under the Biden administration, the Abraham Accords represent an unprecedented regional unification that was inconceivable just a few years ago. But it also represents an opportunity to continue America’s positive international energy diplomacy, and leadership in the East Med would be an ideal place to pick up the baton.

MENASource by Matthew Zais

Middle East North Africa

Mon, Apr 5, 2021

The end of the Gulf rift may not signal the end of Turkey-Qatar relations

Early this year, changing regional power balances drove Qatar and the GCC bloc to a normalization agreement, almost four years after the imposition of an embargo on Qatar. During that time, Qatar and Turkey developed an increasingly close and multifaceted relationship. Although cutting military ties between Qatar and Turkey had been on the original list of demands issued by the Saudi led bloc, don't expect any in Turkey-Qatar relations.

TURKEYSource by Meliha Benli Altunışık

Defense Industry Economic Sanctions

Mon, Apr 5, 2021

US Mission to Saudi Arabia announces new women’s entrepreneurship program in partnership with Atlantic Council, AmCham Saudi Arabia, and Quantum Leaps

On March 31, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative hosted an event in partnership with the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, AmCham Saudi Arabia's Women in Business Committee, and Quantum Leaps to mark the launch of their new joint program: IGNITING Women's Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Saudi Arabia.

MENASource by Allison Holle

Civil Society Education

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

Arab News covered the Atlantic Council’s event on empowerME’s new IGNITE program

In the News

Civil Society Economy & Business

Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Fulton quoted in Bloomberg on Chinese vaccine diplomacy in the UAE

In the News

China Economy & Business

Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Why Iran will not let Arab states join nuclear talks

Iran’s opposition to including Arab states in potential new nuclear talks, while based on legal precedent, also has political and security dimensions.

IranSource by Saeid Jafari

Iran Middle East

Mon, Mar 22, 2021

ABC covered the Atlantic Council’s event with US Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking

In the News

Conflict Middle East

Mon, Mar 22, 2021

Ferziger in Foreign Policy: Netanyahu Stumbles Before Election as UAE Deal-Signing Blocked

In the News

Elections Israel


Tue, Apr 20, 2021

A conversation with H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber discusses dialing up climate action in the UAE and in partnership with the global community in this special edition of #ACFrontPage joining energy leaders in “Raising Ambitions” on climate goals.

8:30am Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security Middle East Renewables & Advanced Energy