Middle East Programs

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Thu, Feb 20, 2020

To deter Iran, the Gulf states need stronger navies

The Gulf states should follow Washington’s lead in restoring deterrence in the face of the desperate regime in Tehran.

MENASource by Daniel J. Samet

Iran Middle East

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

US targets al-Qaeda leader: What it means for Yemen and the US counterterrorism mission

"When the United States is able to identify a terrorist abroad who threatens Americans, in the vast majority of cases the solution is relatively simple," William Wechsler says. "Simply reach out through law enforcement or intelligence channels and ask the local government to arrest them. Unfortunately, there remain a few places in the world in which the host governments have no practical ability to do so—indeed, in some of these places legitimate government authorities face a high risk of being killed if they tried. Yemen is one of these places."

New Atlanticist by Masoud Mostajabi

Conflict Terrorism

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Fontenrose joins VOA (Farsi) to talk about the deployment of additional US troops and aircraft to the Gulf

In the News by Atlantic Council

Farsi Middle East

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Why mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran keeps failing

Mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran means changing the balance of power in a way that pleases both countries.

IranSource by Banafsheh Keynoush

Iran Middle East

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 14, 2020

Bell quoted in Petroleum Economist on Aramco IPO

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Oil and Gas

Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Energy markets underestimate Middle East supply vulnerability

Buoyed by ample supply, global energy markets continue to underestimate risks to output from the Middle East, despite the recent escalation in tensions between the United States and Iran.

New Atlanticist by Adal Mirza

Energy Markets & Governance Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Pathways to Net Zero

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Pathways to Net Zero Speaker: Shaikh Nawaf Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company Ahmed Ali Attiga, Chief Executive Officer, APICORP Meg Gentle, President and CEO, Tellurian, Inc. Adam Sieminski, President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center Moderated By: David Livingston, Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Delivering energy access and meeting demand in South and Southeast Asia

Atlantic Council 2020 Global Energy Forum Delivering Energy Access and Meeting Demand in South and Southeast Asia Speaker: Mohamed Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar The Hon. Dr. Tawfiq-e Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Adviser to the Honorable Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh Alisa Newman-Hood, Senior Vice President, Excelerate Energy Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Livingston joins Emirates News Agency to discuss energy transitions in UAE

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions