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Our reports feature policy-relevant analysis that focuses on transatlantic priorities while centering the concerns of citizens in the Middle East.

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Upcoming Events

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.

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Iraq’s Political and Energy Outlook

Recent protests underscore the many challenges Iraq must address despite the progress it has made. This event discusses the way forward for Iraq.

9:00am Washington DC

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The Humanitarian Impact of US Sanctions on Iran

A new report by Human Rights Watch that analyses US designated exemptions from humanitarian trade with Iran. Panelists will discuss the report and how US secondary sanctions have effected Iranians’ access to healthcare, education, and other human rights.

12:00pm Washington DC DC

Past events

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Public Event with Iraqi MP Sarkawt Shamsulddin

On August 6, the Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative hosted Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin for a public event. In 2018, Shamsulddin became the youngest member of the Iraqi parliament, securing the top position of the New Generation Movement in Sulaymaniyah Province. He is now one of the leaders of The Future parliamentary bloc […]

Event Recap by Stefanie Hausheer Ali

Iraq

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

A view from Iraq: A conversation with Iraqi MP Sarkawt Shamsulddin

The Atlantic Council Iraq Initiative hosted Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin, who in 2018 became the youngest member of the Iraqi parliament, securing the top position of the New Generation Movement in Sulaymaniyah Province.

Webcasts by Atlantic Council

Iraq
Iranian Weapons Materiel on Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Avenues for conflict in the Gulf: A matrix game simulation

Iran faces increasing pressure domestically and internationally, while simultaneously perceiving a historic opportunity to reshape regional dynamics through multiple regional conflicts. This convergence creates conditions that could lead to a strategic shock, and which warrant serious consideration.

Issue Brief by John Watts

Conflict Crisis Management

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Experts

Content

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Bipartisanship on Syria: Episode or enduring?

Donald Trump has, quite unintentionally, made bipartisanship on Syria possible. He alone will determine whether this is a brief, passing episode or an enduring reality. He alone will determine whether bipartisanship will facilitate a sensible policy in Syria.

New Atlanticist by Frederic C. Hof

Syria

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Egypt’s latest protests are an alarm bell for Sisi

Egypt seems to be getting back to normal after a number of demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that began on September 20. This may be the consequence of the zero-tolerance approach pursued by the government. In over three weeks of protests, local authorities arrested almost 3,000 people, and imposed a curfew in all major […]

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

Corruption Macroeconomics

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Warrick joins Euronews to discuss US evacuation from base in Northern Syria

In the News by Atlantic Council

Syria

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Kashmir is driving Pakistan’s mediation efforts between Tehran and Riyadh

From Imran Khan’s perspective, the issue of Kashmir has not attracted enough international attention. Mediating de-escalation in the Persian Gulf could strengthen his ability to bring more attention to that crisis too.

IranSource by Fatemeh Aman

India Iran

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Daragahi joins WBUR to discuss Turkey’s military campaign in Syria after agreeing to ceasefire

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Turkey’s “pause” in Syria: Will the US tourniquet stop the bleeding?

Turkey has agreed to pause its “Operation Peace Spring” in northeastern Syria for five days so that the United States can accomplish, through diplomatic means, Ankara’s military objective: the creation of a Turkish-dominated, Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)-free “safe zone” twenty miles into Syria. If the pause takes hold one may hope that a burgeoning […]

SyriaSource by Frederic C. Hof

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Wechsler quoted in The Washington Post on the Pentagon’s campaign on Islamic State

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

El-Gamal quoted in Vox on U.S.-Turkey deal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Itani quoted in Ahval on the U.S.-Turkey deal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy
Turkish flag with Twitter logo superimposed

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Digital Forensic Research Lab explores disinformation campaigns in the Middle East

Online information and disinformation has been playing a pivotal role in shaping public opinion throughout the Middle East and North Africa for over a decade. In the past week alone, Atlantic Council researchers with the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) have published four articles examining the origins of various MENA-based disinformation campaigns and the tell-tale […]

MENASource by MENASource

Disinformation Middle East

Events

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The Humanitarian Impact of US Sanctions on Iran

A new report by Human Rights Watch that analyses US designated exemptions from humanitarian trade with Iran. Panelists will discuss the report and how US secondary sanctions have effected Iranians' access to healthcare, education, and other human rights.

12:00pm Washington DC DC

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Iraq’s Political and Energy Outlook

Recent protests underscore the many challenges Iraq must address despite the progress it has made. This event discusses the way forward for Iraq.

9:00am Washington DC