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.



Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Improving counterterrorism and law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the Arab Gulf States

Thomas S. Warrick and Joze Pelayo present recommendations to improve and increase cooperation in civilian counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security, and aviation security between the United States and the Arab countries of the Gulf.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Thomas S. Warrick, Joze Pelayo

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Fontenrose speaks at the US-UAE Business Council’s videoconference on the UAE’s defense sector.


Middle East Security & Defense

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Mack quoted in Bloomberg on Middle East politics in a potential Biden administration

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

The Atlantic Council, Emirates Policy Center, and Institute for National Security Studies announce strategic partnership to advance UAE-Israel relations

October 15, 2020 — The August 2020 announcement of the Abraham Accords marked a historic moment for relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement is a significant and exciting accomplishment. In addition to normalizing relations, the UAE and Israel have opened the door for cooperation and collaboration across economic, political, and security […]

Press Release

Israel Middle East

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

A few memories of Kuwaiti Sheikh Sabah

Many will speculate about where Kuwait goes from here and whether there will be a leadership crisis.

MENASource by Richard LeBaron

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Fontenrose quoted in Reuters on the passing of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Azodi in the National Interest: Israel’s Entry Into The Persian Gulf Won’t Bring Middle East Peace

In the News

Iran Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Absence of PhD programs contributes to weak research and development in the Gulf

The production of new knowledge is a very complex process and many factors contribute to the low levels of innovation exhibited by the Gulf countries. One factor that plays a role is the structure of tertiary education—particularly PhD programs.

MENASource by Omar Al-Ubaydli

Education Middle East

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

Conflict Crisis Management

Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Dagres quoted in Financial Times on “Tehran”

In the News

Iran Politics & Diplomacy