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.



Fri, Feb 26, 2021

After the Khashoggi report: How the US can respond and avoid blowback

There is a wide array of options available to the United States as a response to the Khashoggi report. But some carry more potential for blowback than others. When assessing the range of options, the Biden administration should choose those that mitigate the negative impact on long-term US interests.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Middle East Saudi Arabia

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Senior State Department official says US is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Joe Biden Administration is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and deepening economic cooperation between the United States and the region

MENASource by Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in the Guardian on involvement of MBS in Khashoggi murder

In the News

Intelligence Saudi Arabia

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

With the boycott over, Qatar tries to reclaim top regional mediator role

Qatar is trying to use its connections to both Turkey and Iran to re-position itself as the key regional mediator it was before the 2011 Arab Spring.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Cinzia Bianco

Middle East The Gulf

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Optimism mixed with realism about the Biden administration’s promises on Yemen

The appointment of Ambassador Tim Lenderking as US Special Envoy to Yemen is the right step towards streamlining United States’ efforts internally and externally with allies to end the war, address its humanitarian impact, and avert the looming famine.

MENASource by Khaled Alyemany

Middle East The Gulf

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

China is happy about the Abraham Accords and the GCC crisis coming to an end

Middle Eastern dispute resolution benefits lots of countries with interests in the region and several can be expected to capitalize. However, given China’s increasingly deep MENA footprint, it will capitalize more.

MENASource by Jonathan Fulton

China East Asia

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Wechsler Joins Intelligence Matters to Discuss the Strategic Value of the Middle East

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in WSJ on US-Saudi ties

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing January 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Climate Change & Climate Action Democratic Transitions

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Fontenrose quoted in the Guardian on whether the UK will follow the US in ending support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen

In the News

Defense Industry Defense Technologies
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