Middle East Programs

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Mon, Aug 2, 2021

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are economic frenemies. And that’s a good thing.

Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have wisely made the economy the focal point of their strategies for the future, as evidenced by national policy changes and a reduction in foreign adventures. Ending the Qatar blockade, and opening a dialogue with adversarial neighbors like Iran and Turkey is linked to long-term economic ambitions.

MENASource by Amjad Ahmad

Economy & Business Middle East

Fri, Jul 23, 2021

Ahmad quoted in ISPI Newsletter on the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s rivalry in relation to the economy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business International Markets

Fri, Jul 23, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in The Guardian on Khashoggi murder

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Fontenrose joins Conspiracyland to discuss the aftermath of Khashoggi’s death

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Human Rights

Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Saudi Gazette covered empowerME’s Igniting Women’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Saudi Arabia workshop

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The 5×5—The state of cybersecurity in the Middle East

How will recent developments in the Middle East affect cybersecurity cooperation, and what does the future of the region’s cyber landscape look like?

The 5×5 by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Iran

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Wechsler quoted in Inside Arabia on the Abraham Accords

In the News by Atlantic Council

Israel Middle East

Wed, Jun 9, 2021

Slavin quoted in Tehran Times on how reviving the JCPOA can cool tensions in West Asia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Thu, May 27, 2021

Ahmad quoted in Gulf News on how the ‘Afghanistan pavilion will herald new dawn for country at Expo 2020 Dubai’

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Mon, May 10, 2021

Want resiliency in MENA? Invest in women-led startups

As MENA assesses how to rebuild better after the pandemic, women-led startups could be part of the solution.

MENASource by Nadereh Chamlou

Economy & Business Middle East