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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 […]

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Disinformation Middle East

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Protests in Iraq may unseat the government

The sudden outbreak of protests in Iraq on October 1 was part of a pattern the country has witnessed in recent years. Understanding this context as well as the grievances driving the protestors helps explain the latest unrest. As it stands now, Iraq is in precarious moment in which bold, concrete action from the government […]

MENASource by Rend al-Rahim

Civil Society Corruption

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Winning the humanitarian war in Yemen

While Saudi Arabia came into Yemen very sensitive of the regional Iranian challenge and Houthi threat, its war strategy and foreign policy lacks any awareness of the looming and ongoing environmental and humanitarian war that will affect the overall outcome of the peace in Yemen.

MENASource by Hadi Fathallah

Conflict Middle East

Experts

Content

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

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Protests in Iraq may unseat the government

The sudden outbreak of protests in Iraq on October 1 was part of a pattern the country has witnessed in recent years. Understanding this context as well as the grievances driving the protestors helps explain the latest unrest. As it stands now, Iraq is in precarious moment in which bold, concrete action from the government […]

MENASource by Rend al-Rahim

Civil Society Corruption

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

First female NATO number two hands over post amid Turkey crisis

The highest-ranking woman in Alliance history talks about the crisis in Syria and the success in encouraging gender balance throughout NATO.

New Atlanticist by Teri Schultz

NATO Syria

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Forget Telegram: Iranians are using Instagram to shop

Maryam searched all over Neyshabur’s pharmacies, a town in northeastern Iran, for her mother’s diabetes medication. “I came back home, exhausted and didn’t know what to say to my mother,” the 30-year-old economist explained. “It was late in the night and I searched Instagram. Wow! I found a place where I could buy my mother’s medicine.” […]

IranSource by Fariba Parsa

Economic Sanctions Iran

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Winning the humanitarian war in Yemen

While Saudi Arabia came into Yemen very sensitive of the regional Iranian challenge and Houthi threat, its war strategy and foreign policy lacks any awareness of the looming and ongoing environmental and humanitarian war that will affect the overall outcome of the peace in Yemen.

MENASource by Hadi Fathallah

Conflict Middle East

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Syria: Is anything salvageable?

For the past eight-plus years this writer has done his best to try to convince American officials that what happens in Syria does not stay in Syria; that Syria matters enough to the security of the United States and the safety of its citizens to merit a comprehensible objective and a consistent (if flexible) strategy. […]

SyriaSource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Trump vs Erdoğan: It’s hard to bluff when your cards are on the table

It is hard to take seriously threats by the US government to ruin the Turkish economy when Trump himself gave this green light in the first place. Under such circumstances, sanctions have almost no chance of succeeding in putting this genie back in the bottle.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole

Economic Sanctions Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

The true costs of withdrawing forces from Syria

Getting the United States out of “endless wars” is an admirable goal. But military forces, trust among our partners, and standing firm in the face of adversaries play critical roles in reaching that goal. Getting those functions back in balance will be necessary in moving forward.

New Atlanticist by C. Anthony Pfaff

Conflict Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

How can the United States pick up the pieces of its Syria policy?

Atlantic Council experts detail how Washington can manage the situation in Syria and prevent the US-Turkish relationship from spiraling out of control.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Syria

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Iranian women fans rejoice at stadium access

A combination of domestic and international pressure resulted in the decision by the Iranian government to finally allow women to attend soccer matches at Iranian stadiums.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Iran Middle East

Events

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