New Publication

Soldiers at sunset
A Vanishing West in the Middle East The Recent History of U.S.-Europe Cooperation in the Region
To encourage a new multilateralism, Europe will need to gain credibility on hard security matters, the United States will need to reimagine how it deals with allies, and both will need to figure out when to let Middle East countries handle Middle East problems.
Oct 19, 2021
  • Charles Thépaut

Recent Institute Analysis

A Lebanese protester holds a sign denouncing Iranian influence
Amid Beirut Clashes, Lebanese Investigators Need Protection
By safeguarding Judge Bitar ahead of next year's election, the international community could help strengthen the small but important space he represents within Lebanon’s foundering, Hezbollah-dominated institutions.
Oct 20, 2021
  • Hanin Ghaddar

Reform, Protest, Change

Middle East doctor, Turkish protestor, veiled voter
A New Start for the U.S. on Mideast Democracy and Human Rights
In a region where publics are clamoring for healthcare, housing, jobs, and freedom of expression, progress toward electoral democracy need not always be the top priority.
Sep 19, 2021
  • David Pollock
  • Robert Satloff

New Book

Accidental Allies cover
Accidental Allies: The US–Syrian Democratic Forces Partnership Against the Islamic State
To some, America's partnership with the SDF exemplified an economy-of-force effort that minimized U.S. casualties and wrested control of northeast Syria from the Islamic State. To others, it was a cautionary tale about a U.S. military hoodwinked into working with a terrorist group.
Jun 22, 2021
  • Michael Knights
  • Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Sudden Succession Studies

Webcast with Tony Blair

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair
America, the Middle East, and the World: A Conversation with Tony Blair
The former Prime Minister discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the Biden administration twenty years after 9/11 and a decade after the Arab Spring.
January 11, 2021
  • Tony Blair