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We convene the most important stakeholders on issues of primary concern to the transatlantic community when it comes the Middle East and North Africa, from senior US and Middle East government officials to civil society activists and budding entrepreneurs.

Past events

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

US-Iran tensions rising with Iraq in the middle

The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative and Future of Iran Initiative hosted a conversation on US-Iran tensions and the impact on Iraq with Congressman Seth Moulton and Senator Chris Murphy.

2:00pm Washington

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

Emirates Mars Mission and the UAE Science and Technology Vision

On December 9, the Atlantic Council hosted H.E. Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and Omar Sharaf, Project Manager for the Emirates Mars Mission, for a discussion of the UAE Science and Technology Vision and the latest developments in the Emirates Mars Mission.

9:00am Washington DC

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Roundtable with KRG Head of Foreign Relations Department Safeen Dizayee

The Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private discussion with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s top diplomat to discuss recent events in Iraq.

10:00am Washington DC

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Fri, Jan 24, 2020

China’s Persian Gulf strategy: Keep Tehran and Riyadh content

The current tensions between Washington and Tehran have been a major stress test for China’s Persian Gulf strategy.

MENASource by Julia Gurol and Jacopo Scita

China Iran

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Lipner quoted in Jewish Insider on Trump’s invitation to Netanyahu and Gantz

In the News by Atlantic Council

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Lipner quoted in The New York Times on the Middle East peace plan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Slavin joins WorldAffairs to discuss US-Iran tensions

Barbara Slavin of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council joins WorldAffairs co-host Ray Suarez to talk about what US actions mean for the Middle East and the rest of the world.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Oman’s new sultan and US-Iran tensions

In the region today there are incredibly turbulent waters which will further test Muscat’s ability to strike a delicate balance in its foreign policy of non-alignment.

IranSource by Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Middle East

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Ambassador David Mack joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC – January 22, 2020 – The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of David Mack as a nonresident senior fellow. During his fellowship, Mack will focus on US-Iraq relations.   “Ambassador Mack is an authority on US foreign policy in the Middle East. His extensive experience in diplomacy and first-hand […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council


Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Perennial repression, mourning, and despair consume Iran

With no hint of reform on the horizon, demonstrations, counter-demonstraions, and repression will remain a component of an unstable Islamic Republic of Iran.

IranSource by Masoud Mostajabi

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Katz joins KVCR to discuss Russia in the Middle East

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Slavin joins Phoenix TV (Chinese) to discuss Iran’s retaliation strategy against the United States

In the News by Atlantic Council

Chinese Conflict

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Repairing Iraq’s relations with the United States

Partners for mutual or overlapping national security objectives, like the governments in Baghdad and Washington, need a sustained dialogue.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East