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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.

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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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Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Kadhim quoted in the Associated Press on Shiite cleric al-Sistani

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iraq Middle East

Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Katz in Responsible Statecraft: How long can Russia and Turkey cooperate amid a myriad of conflictual hazards?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

American passivity and weakness shine in Idlib province

In a tribute to foreign policy continuity, the Trump administration upholds its predecessor’s Syria policy of gratuitously communicating passivity and weakness to adversaries.

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The ‘maximum pressure’ campaign undermines Trump’s national security strategy

In order to stay focused on our long-term priorities, the US government must align its Iran policy with its national security strategy.

IranSource by David Wallsh

Iran Middle East
2009 Iranian Protests

Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Iranian digital influence efforts: Guerrilla broadcasting for the twenty-first century

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.

Report by Emerson T. Brooking, Suzanne Kianpour

Conflict Disinformation

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Iran’s credit line to Syria: A well that never runs dry

There is barely an article about the Syrian economy since the 2011 uprising that does not entail a reference to that rather mysterious Iranian credit line.

IranSource by Karam Shaar and Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Economy & Business Iran

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Why Arab Sunnis are disengaged from Iraq’s protests

If Sunni politicians and powerful tribal chiefs back an upheaval in Arab Sunni areas, they would risk losing the political and economic gains realized by their alliance with Iran-backed political powers and could face repression and marginalization.

MENASource by Tamer Badawi

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Katz in Al Jazeera Centre for Studies: Whatever His Title, He Plans to Remain in Charge: Is it a Solo ‘Tandemocracy’ Now?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Russia

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Why Europe should delay FATF countermeasures on Iran

Iran’s economic policymakers and economic operators remain committed to reforms that improve the transparency of the Iranian financial system.

IranSource by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Economy & Business Iran

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Should the Palestinians look a gift horse in the mouth?

Palestinian policymakers might not actually want all that cash. This is in part because of the challenges associated with spending such a vast sum.

MENASource by Kyle Thetford

Israel Middle East