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Our blogs feature thoughtful reflections and opinions on current events in the Middle East & North Africa.
Thu, Feb 20, 2020
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
Wed, Feb 19, 2020
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
Featured in-depth research & reports
Our reports feature policy-relevant analysis that focuses on transatlantic priorities while centering the concerns of citizens in the Middle East.
Tue, Feb 11, 2020
This brief begins with a discussion of the modern Iranian state’s approach to information and information control. It proceeds to a history of the Iranian Internet. Next, it examines the evolution of Iranian digital influence operations, followed by a discussion of the broader information conflict in which they take place. The brief concludes by considering the future nature and intent of Iran’s clandestine digital activities.
Tue, Sep 24, 2019
The objective of the United States in Syria must be a full political transition from criminal, terrorist rule by family and entourage to a consensual, legitimate system featuring rule of law. Its achievement would, barring unanticipated regime collapse, take years of patient, focused, and disciplined effort.
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