Recent Institute Analysis
2021 Presidential Transition Studies
Syria at the Center of Power Competition and Counterterrorism
Even as U.S. policymakers must stay focused on the Assad regime’s culpability, they also face a complex web of power dynamics in which Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, and other actors are attempting to secure their various interests.
Feb 8, 2021◆
- Aaron Y. Zelin
Seizing Opportunities and Strengthening Alliances in Northwest Africa: Ideas for Policy Toward Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia
Modest investments of U.S. diplomatic capital, economic aid, and security assistance can help these three countries and advance American interests.
Feb 3, 2021◆
- Robert Satloff
- Sarah Feuer
The Erbil Attack in Context
Webcast: A Conversation with Gideon Saar
Sudden Succession Studies
Palestinian Politics After Abbas Sudden Succession Essay Series
Throughout his tenure as leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas has studiously avoided grooming a successor, instead consolidating his control over numerous Palestinian entities and sidelining officials he perceived as threatening to his rule. When he eventually exits the scene, Abbas will leave many leadership roles to be filled—including in the PLO, Fatah movement, and national security agencies.
May 5, 2020◆
- Ghaith al-Omari
- Ehud Yaari
Oman After Qaboos: A National and Regional Void Sudden Succession Essay Series
The Gulf nation of Oman has been ruled by Sultan Qaboos since 1970, when he overthrew his own father. The seventy-nine-year-old leader has enjoyed wide popularity, but he has a history of illness. To ensure national stability and continued progress, his successor will have to enact far-reaching economic reforms, aimed especially at broadening the economy beyond its current oil dependence. At the same time, a new sultan will need to navigate challenges posed by powerful neighbors such as Iran, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia.
Dec 30, 2019◆
- Simon Henderson
A Fifty-Year Reign? MbS and the Future of Saudi Arabia Sudden Succession Essay Series
Whether the young Saudi crown prince ultimately ascends to the throne will entail plenty of plot twists, but it also holds serious implications for the kingdom, the region, and U.S. interests.
Apr 22, 2019◆
- Simon Henderson
Webcast with Tony Blair
U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel: Ideas and Approaches for the Biden Administration
Officials, business leaders, and experts explore the economic, political, and human impact of regional normalization efforts, including their potential to reinvigorate peacemaking with the Palestinians.
Feb 3, 2021◆
- Yousef Al Otaiba
- Samer Khoury
- Fleur Hassan-Nahoum
- David Makovsky
Humanitarian Aid and the Biden Administration: Lessons from Yemen and Syria
Veteran NGO practitioners with deep experience in the aid sector discuss how Washington can help fix flawed approaches to assisting civilians in these two conflict zones.
Jan 25, 2021◆
- Jan Egeland
- Alex Harper
- Emma Beals
- Jomana Qaddour
- Elana DeLozier
- Charles Thépaut