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Provides a balanced approach of engagement and containment for regional policy makers with unique perspectives and analysis on the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing Iran while promoting US interests, regional conflict resolution, and the well-being of the Iranian people.

The latest pieces from MENASource:

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

China’s Persian Gulf strategy: Keep Tehran and Riyadh content

The current tensions between Washington and Tehran have been a major stress test for China’s Persian Gulf strategy.

MENASource by Julia Gurol and Jacopo Scita

China Iran

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Repairing Iraq’s relations with the United States

Partners for mutual or overlapping national security objectives, like the governments in Baghdad and Washington, need a sustained dialogue.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Consequences of Iraq’s vote to end Coalition troop presence

The parliament’s vote on January 5 was driven by emotional rhetoric of sovereignty and patriotism that left no space for dissent and implicitly accused anyone going against the current of betraying Iraq’s sovereignty. The vote displayed majoritarian rule at its worst with the underlying premise that the Shia religious groups can and will determine the interests of Iraq and determine its future, to the exclusion of other communities. The views of Kurds and Sunnis, and indeed of more secular Shia groups, were ignored, with the implication that their patriotism is suspect.

MENASource by Rend Al-Rahim

Conflict Iraq

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Content

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

China’s Persian Gulf strategy: Keep Tehran and Riyadh content

The current tensions between Washington and Tehran have been a major stress test for China’s Persian Gulf strategy.

MENASource by Julia Gurol and Jacopo Scita

China Iran

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Lipner quoted in Jewish Insider on Trump’s invitation to Netanyahu and Gantz

In the News by Atlantic Council

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Lipner quoted in The New York Times on the Middle East peace plan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Slavin joins WorldAffairs to discuss US-Iran tensions

Barbara Slavin of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council joins WorldAffairs co-host Ray Suarez to talk about what US actions mean for the Middle East and the rest of the world.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Oman’s new sultan and US-Iran tensions

In the region today there are incredibly turbulent waters which will further test Muscat’s ability to strike a delicate balance in its foreign policy of non-alignment.

IranSource by Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Middle East

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Ambassador David Mack joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC – January 22, 2020 – The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of David Mack as a nonresident senior fellow. During his fellowship, Mack will focus on US-Iraq relations.   “Ambassador Mack is an authority on US foreign policy in the Middle East. His extensive experience in diplomacy and first-hand […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Iraq

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Perennial repression, mourning, and despair consume Iran

With no hint of reform on the horizon, demonstrations, counter-demonstraions, and repression will remain a component of an unstable Islamic Republic of Iran.

IranSource by Masoud Mostajabi

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Charai in The National Interest: How to keep Libya from collapsing into chaos

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Katz joins KVCR to discuss Russia in the Middle East

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Slavin joins Phoenix TV (Chinese) to discuss Iran’s retaliation strategy against the United States

In the News by Atlantic Council

Chinese Conflict