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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:

Iraqi prime minister's resignation, Adil Abdul-Mahdi

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

The Iraqi prime minister’s resignation: A way ahead for the United States

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, should be feeling a great sense of relief. Since mid-October, media outlets have reported his intent to resign amid violent protests that have engulfed much of Iraq. His resignation should be no surprise. Since the fall of Saddam, Iraq has a history of picking leaders who do not pose a […]

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Sat, Nov 30, 2019

The challenges Iraq faces after prime minister’s resignation

The news on November 29 that Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi will resign is unprecedented in post-2003 Iraq. Many questions must be answered before his successor is appointed, and in the meantime, we can expect unrest to continue.

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Tue, Nov 26, 2019

How the exclusion of women has cost Libya

At a recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on November 18, 2019 concerning Libya, members were privileged to hear from Rida Al-Tubuly, advocate for peace and co-founder of Together We Build It, a nonprofit that supports a peaceful democratic transition in the country by empowering women to play an active role in peace-building. Ms. […]

MENASource by Emily Burchfield

Libya Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

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Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Katz joins Voice of America’s Russian Service (Golos Ameriki) to discuss Iran in the Pompeo-Lavrov meeting

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Iranians fear a permanent internet blackout is in the making

Iranians are concerned they may soon lose access to the global internet as authorities race to bolster local infrastructures.

IranSource by Maziar Motamedi

Iran Middle East

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Nia in The Washington Post: Iran’s dark history could repeat itself — unless the world acts

In the News by Atlantic Council

Human Rights International Norms

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Nia quoted in The Conversation on the human rights situation amid Iran protests

In the News by Atlantic Council

French Human Rights

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Tavakol joins Anadolu Agency to discuss the discovery of the new oil fields in Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Energy Markets & Governance

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Life after war: The impact of conflict on Syrian artists

After a scrawled graffiti message in Daraa, Syrian artists began to express themselves more than they ever could since the Assad family took power. Revolutionary art exploded on to the global scene during the Arab Spring. Particularly in Syria, artists, writers, and filmmakers found a new voice, free of fear. Defiance, grief, and frustration were […]

SyriaSource by Natasha Hall

Conflict Resilience & Society

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

Charai in The National Interest: A Call to Arms: Why the CIA needs to play a new role in the Middle East

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iraq Middle East

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

US policy hinders positive ‘regime change’ in Iran

With the rare exception of a weekend prisoner swap, the record of US-Iran relations since the Trump administration came to office has been dismal both for the Iranian people and for US national interests. A policy of undermining and then quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA)—topped by an embargo on the export of […]

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Nia speaks on BBC about US-Iran prisoner swap

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Kadhim in Iraqi Economists: The challenges Iraq faces after prime minister’s resignation.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Economy & Business