Recent Institute Analysis

Photo of Turkish and Taliban officials meeting in Ankara, October 2021.
Maps & Graphics
Looking for Legitimacy: Taliban Diplomacy Since the Fall of Kabul
The group’s international profile has risen substantially with help from China, Turkey, and other states, but Western leaders should curtail their engagement so long as Kabul keeps gaslighting them about its al-Qaeda ties.
Aug 15, 2022
  • Aaron Y. Zelin


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

New Publication

Drawing of oil pipeline, Iraq, Kurdistan
Maps & Graphics
The Necessary U.S. Role in Fixing the Baghdad-Kurdistan Energy Dispute
A targeted intervention could aid American interests and the global effort to find a substitute for Russian and Iranian oil and gas. 
Jun 27, 2022
  • Michael Knights

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

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

In Focus: Gulf States

Oman’s Economic Success Is Driven by Accountability as Much as Oil
By pushing the government to make more efficient use of higher hydrocarbon prices and a budget surplus of $2 billion, the sultan has helped reduce anxiety about the stability of the strategically positioned Gulf state.
Aug 11, 2022
  • Jonathan Campbell-James