Recent Institute Analysis

Israeli Elections, Round Five: A Game of Inches
The first in a series of Washington Institute articles about the upcoming vote discusses how the rival coalitions are shaping up, why extremists are gaining ground on the right, and which policy issues are most likely to steer the national debate.
Sep 21, 2022
  • David Makovsky

Zeev Schiff Memorial Forum

Israeli National Security on the Eve of Yet Another Election
Watch an expert forum on the new realities of the Middle East and Israel's strategic position amid deepening ties with Arab countries, Iran's regional ambitions, Palestinian political crisis, and renewed great-power competition.
Sep 22, 2022
  • Amos Gilead
  • Ephraim Sneh
  • Ehud Yaari
  • Amos Yadlin

In Focus: Counterterrorism in the Biden Administration & Beyond

U.S. Capitol rioters, Taliban forces, last U.S. soldier to leave Afghanistan
U.S. Counterterrorism Reimagined:
This collection reveals the growing prevalence of nonkinetic tools while exploring the balance authorities must strike between preventing attacks and protecting civil rights.
Sep 7, 2022
  • Matthew Levitt


Tunisia timeline thumbnail image
Maps & Graphics
Timeline of Tunisia's Constitutional Crisis and the U.S. Response
An infographic illustrating President Saied's controversial political moves since summer 2021 and the steps U.S. officials have taken to discourage authoritarian backsliding.
Jul 20, 2022
  • Ben Fishman
  • Kyle Robertson

In Focus: The Ukraine Crisis and the Middle East

Global Food Insecurity:
In the Middle East, rising prices combined with growing populations could stir social unrest, as occurred during the Arab Spring period.
Apr 28, 2022
  • Anna Borshchevskaya
The Impact of Russia’s Ukraine Invasion in the Middle East and North Africa
A former Pentagon advisor testifies on how the war might affect Moscow's ability to sell arms to MENA governments and project power in the region.
May 18, 2022
  • Grant Rumley
Decoding the "Riddle, Mystery, and Enigma" of Russia and the Emerging New World Order
Two veteran diplomats discuss what implications the Ukraine war holds for multilateral institutions, international law, and the global order they aim to uphold.
Apr 27, 2022
  • Dennis Ross
  • Paula Dobriansky
The Russian Propaganda in Arabic Hidden from the West
Russian narratives are increasingly suffusing Arabic social media depictions of the war in Ukraine.
Apr 18, 2022
  • Nadia Oweidat

In Focus: Iran's Arabic Propaganda

Iran's Arabic media sites and personalities in Arab countries
Maps & Graphics
The Revolution Will Be Televised in Arabic:
An umbrella entity, the Islamic Radio and Television Union, encompasses more than two hundred media groups stretching from Oman to East Africa.
Jun 30, 2022
  • Hamdi Malik

In Focus: Gulf States

Regional Security Cooperation Partnerships in the Middle East
The Abraham Accords have substantially increased the region’s options for countering Iranian threats, but the past performance of Arab coalitions should make policymakers cautious about expecting too much from new alliances.
Sep 21, 2022
  • David Schenker