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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.

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20191120_Libya

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Another conference, another incomplete solution for Libya

Libya should be created by and for Libyans. There is no place for external interventions or conferences without full participation of all Libyans.

MENASource by Karim Mezran and Federica Saini Fasanotti

Corruption Libya

Tue, Nov 19, 2019

Leaked Iranian intelligence about Iraq only tells part of the story

The recent story in the New York Times on leaked Iranian intelligence reports about Iranian influence operations in Iraq elicits a couple of possible reactions. If one works for the United States government, particularly in any department or bureau that deals with Iraq, one would be reasonable to feel some gratitude not only that the […]

MENASource by C. Anthony Pfaff

Intelligence Iran

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Explainer: Iraq’s autumn of discontent

Waves of protests have hit Iraq this past October, calling for the resignation of the post-war government and sweeping changes. Last month alone, there have been reports of hundreds of protesters killed and thousands wounded by security forces in clashes across the country, from Tahrir Square in Baghdad to cities like Diwaniyah, Najaf, and Nasiriya […]

MENASource by Christiana Haynes

Corruption Iraq

Experts

Content

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Pompeo’s Israeli settlements announcement could imperil Middle East peace chances

"The realignment of long-standing US government policy foreshadows the promised, if long delayed, release of President Trump's vision for regional peace, intimating that the blueprint may countenance the extension of Israeli sovereignty to communities whose existence has, until now, been considered illegal per US interpretation of international law," Shalom Lipner says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Israel

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Iran protests: A quest for reform turns into widespread discontent

Popular protests are flaring up in the Middle East. From Lebanon to Iraq and now Iran, they show the weakening of the social contract between the population and their government. In the Islamic Republic, the post-revolutionary social contract was born on a populist promises of justice, but decades of endemic political and economic inefficiencies wiped […]

IranSource by Giorgia Perletta

Iran Middle East

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

After the Syria withdrawal, it’s time the US rethinks the use of proxy forces

Proxy warfare is a 21st century military playbook utilized by great powers, like Russia, and the United States with some using it better than others.

SyriaSource by Mona Alami

Security & Defense Syria

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Explainer: Iraq’s autumn of discontent

Waves of protests have hit Iraq this past October, calling for the resignation of the post-war government and sweeping changes. Last month alone, there have been reports of hundreds of protesters killed and thousands wounded by security forces in clashes across the country, from Tahrir Square in Baghdad to cities like Diwaniyah, Najaf, and Nasiriya […]

MENASource by Christiana Haynes

Corruption Iraq

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Dagres quoted in L’Orient Le Jour to discuss the stakes of the Iranian protest

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Corruption Economy & Business

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Lipner in The Washington Post: Israel’s politics are stuck in limbo. Things show no sign of improving.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Israel

Sun, Nov 17, 2019

Ellinas in Cyprus Mail: Gloomy outlook: Aphrodite moves to exploitation

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Slavin joins BBC World News to discuss Iran protests

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Dagres quoted in Washington Post to discuss the influence of the economy on current and past Iranian protests

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Corruption Economy & Business

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Cohen in Forbes: Investors Evaluating Aramco IPO As Iran Claims Discovery Of New Oil Field

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Geopolitics & Energy Security