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About The Institute

Bringing scholarship to bear on the making of U.S. policy in this vital region of the world… our mission

Incisive Analysis

Institute scholars engage in rigorous research to offer groundbreaking analysis and realistic policy options in a wide array of publications. Institute analysis informs policymakers and shapes the public debate.

Trusted Expertise

Cutting-edge analysis and recommendations make Institute experts a go-to source for Democratic and Republican administrations and policymakers around the world.

Informed Debate

The Institute's conferences, forums, and roundtables provide a unique opportunity for all parties in the regional policy debate to meet in a constructive, academic environment.

Mission & History

Founded In 1985, by a small group of visionary Americans committed to advancing U.S. interests in the Middle East. Read more.


The Institute hosts leading policymakers and scholars from around the world at our annual conferences, periodic Policy Forums, and other special events.


Since its founding in 1985, The Washington Institute has served as a training ground for future policymakers through research fellowships and internships.