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The Atlantic Council’s work on social, economic and human development issues in the Middle East honors the legacy of Rafik Hariri and his life’s mission to unlock the human and economic potential of the Arab world.

The Atlantic Council’s work on Middle East security honors the legacy of Brent Scowcroft and his tireless efforts to build a new security architecture for the region.

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Our blogs feature thoughtful reflections and opinions on current events in the Middle East & North Africa.

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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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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.

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Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Reflections on 25 years of US policy in the Middle East

The past three decades have seen massive US military and diplomatic engagements in the Middle East and events that will continue to shape the world for years to come. What are the lessons learned, and how is the United States positioned to meet its goals?

11:30am Washington DC

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

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Experts

Content

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Cover-ups and incompetence: Iran as the Middle East’s coronavirus epicenter

For now, Iran has not banned its citizens from traveling to China, which as of midnight on February 25 has confirmed nearly 65,000 infections within its border.

IranSource by Brendon Hong

Iran Middle East

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Wechsler and Fontenrose in The Washington Post: How US allies in the Gulf can help prevent an Iranian October surprise

As the 2020 US presidential election ramps up, the Atlantic Council's Kirsten Fontenrose and William Wechsler write in The Washington Post on the threat of an October surprise from Iran.

In the News

Elections Iran

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Iraqi MP: Continued protests provide opportunity for real reform

The massive protests that have rocked Iraq since October 2019 and have brought down one government have also given the new prime minister designee a unique opportunity to overcome vested interests and deliver meaningful reform, according to Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin.

New Atlanticist by Kyle Thetford

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

FATF blacklists Iran, but does it matter?

The decision to impose counter-measures by the Paris-based body signals something of an end to the group’s patience with Iran, especially by the European Union, after Tehran failed to follow through on the action plan it agreed upon with the FATF to address its deficiencies.

IranSource by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran

Sun, Feb 23, 2020

Mezran and Cristiani in The National Interest: Trouble in Tripoli: Why Europe must respond to the ambitions of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar

Every time there is a European conference on Libya, the dominant feeling is the same: the Europeans seem to be more interested in the process—the mere act of bringing stakeholders together to talk—than the outcome. It is less clear whether this talk is actually conducive to any solution that can stop the spiral of violence […]

In the News

Libya

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Slavin joins PRI to discuss Iran’s parliamentary elections

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Nia in Just Security: For Free Expression in Iran, the U.S. Can Act to Keep the Internet On

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

To deter Iran, the Gulf states need stronger navies

The Gulf states should follow Washington’s lead in restoring deterrence in the face of the desperate regime in Tehran.

MENASource by Daniel J. Samet

Iran Middle East

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Slavin quoted in CNBC on Iran’s parliamentary elections

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Fantasies of regime collapse in Iran come without a plan

In pushing for regime collapse in Iran, US officials should at least be aware of what they’re courting. Even if their policy is successful, it could be more disastrous than what they’ve ever imagined.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Iran Middle East