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.


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.

Experts

Content

In the News

Apr 24, 2022

Fontenrose quoted in The Guardian on US-Saudi relations amidst Russian invasion of Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Apr 20, 2022

Asat mentioned in iNews on Saudi Arabia’s deportation of Uyghur migrants to China

By Atlantic Council

China Civil Society

China-MENA Podcast

Apr 20, 2022

Chinese Soft Power Projection in MENA

By Atlantic Council

Shaojin Chai joins us to discuss China's reliance on soft power to develop favorable influence throughout the MENA region.

China Economy & Business

In the News

Apr 19, 2022

Arbit quoted in the Haaretz on Israel foreign policy interests in US-Saudi relations

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Israel

Press Release

Apr 18, 2022

Jonathan Panikoff Named Director of Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative

By Atlantic Council

Veteran intelligence analyst will spearhead the Atlantic Council’s work to advance US national security interests across the MENA region.

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Apr 18, 2022

Wald quoted in The Intercept on Saudi oil production

Middle East Oil and Gas

In the News

Apr 16, 2022

Fulton quoted in the South China Morning Post on increased energy relations between Saudi Arabia and China

By Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

In the News

Apr 14, 2022

Asat in Foreign Policy: China’s Transnational Repression Gets Saudi Backing

By Atlantic Council

China Civil Society

In the News

Apr 8, 2022

Slavin quoted in Inside Arabia: Can the UAE Distance Syria from Iran?

Conflict Iran

MENASource

Apr 4, 2022

Many European soccer teams are owned by Gulf states. But why?

By Hezha Barzani

With a lucrative and rapidly growing European soccer market, it’s safe to say that Gulf nations will continue to invest in the beautiful game and reap benefits economically and socially.

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy