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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.


In the News

May 28, 2024

Grossman joins Longview News Journal to discuss serving as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

By Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

May 28, 2024

Bakir quoted in Breaking Defense on Kuwait’s new executive protocol with Turkey

By Atlantic Council

Arms Control Middle East

In the News

May 28, 2024

Bakir quoted in Breaking Defense on US-Saudi defense pact

By Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Middle East


May 23, 2024

Pride of Ukraine: Oleksandr Usyk’s historic victory boosts wartime morale

By Joshua Stein

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk's remarkable achievement in unifying the heavyweight division for the first time this century has provided war-torn Ukraine with a welcome morale boost, writes Joshua Stein.

Conflict Resilience & Society


May 20, 2024

Parliament was dissolved in Kuwait and hardly anyone noticed

By Richard LeBaron

The conflict between the opposition-dominated parliament and the appointed cabinet is not new, and this is not the first time the parliament has been suspended.

Democratic Transitions Elections


May 16, 2024

The Red Sea attacks highlight the erosion of US leadership in the region

By Jean-Loup Samaan

The biggest issue facing the White House is not the Houthi threat but the US failure to rally partners and allies behind its leadership

Conflict Middle East


May 15, 2024

Saudi women are learning financial literacy and it’s helping the country grow

By Hanaa Almoaibed

Since the launch of Vision 2030, economic developments have pushed women to be more independent and in control of their finances.

Civil Society Economy & Business

In the News

May 14, 2024

Samaan in The Gulf International Forum: The GCC’s Joint Security Vision: Reading Between the Lines

By Atlantic Council

Middle East Security & Defense

Inflection Points Today

May 14, 2024

Why strategy is central to the Biden-Netanyahu dispute

By Frederick Kempe

The Biden administration’s criticism is that Netanyahu, at the expense of strategy, is focusing entirely on tactics.

Conflict Israel

In the News

May 10, 2024

Wald joins Bloomberg Surveillance to discuss the oil slowdown

China Energy & Environment