Recent Institute Analysis

Houthi Strikes on UAE Open Another Front in Yemen War
As Emirati-aligned forces gain ground on the battlefield in Yemen, the Houthis are trying to raise the costs of Abu Dhabi’s involvement.
Jan 18, 2022
  • Elana DeLozier
Israeli Coalition Leaders Navigate Protests and Political Constraints
With their constituents upping the pressure on hot-button factional issues, Prime Minister Bennett and Mansour Abbas are starting to feel the vulnerabilities inherent in their still-fragile coalition.
Jan 14, 2022
  • David Makovsky
Will the Ukraine Standoff Affect the Iran Nuclear Talks?
Some Western policymakers seem to believe that Russia can be helpful on Iran even as it threatens to attack Ukraine, but they’re missing the bigger picture.
Jan 11, 2022
  • Anna Borshchevskaya
How to Keep the Islamic State Down in 2022 and Beyond
The group and its offshoots pursue conventional warfare campaigns as a rule, not an exception, so the United States needs to enhance its regional military partnerships accordingly.
Jan 13, 2022
  • Ido Levy

New Study

Islamic State fighters in Iraq
Soldiers of End-Times Assessing the Military Effectiveness of the Islamic State
The IS military project led not only to the announcement of a “caliphate,” but to the proliferation of jihadist franchises that devastated countries, displaced millions, and killed tens of thousands.
Dec 21, 2021
  • Ido Levy

In Focus: Lebanon in Crisis

Lightbulb nighttime Beirut cityscape
Power to the People? Scrutinizing the U.S.-Arab Effort to Supply Energy to Lebanon via Syria
Residents of the beleaguered country desperately need electricity, but a U.S.-Arab scheme carries complications that could benefit Syria's Assad regime.
Dec 16, 2021
  • Katherine Bauer
  • Ben Fishman
  • Hanin Ghaddar
  • Simon Henderson
  • David Schenker
  • Andrew J. Tabler

Institute Presents Prestigious Scholar-Statesman Award To Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


USAID food aid distribution in Kenya
Strategy Session on Non-Kinetic Counterterrorism Tools
Read statements from officials and experts who participated in a conference on non-military tactics in the global fight against terrorism.
Nov 8, 2021

In-Depth Report

Iraqi forces marching
Back to Basics U.S.-Iraq Security Cooperation in the Post-Combat Era
Questions about the viability of the Iraqi security forces—brought into sharp focus by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan—require a data-led analysis of where the forces are today and what mix of U.S., NATO, and European efforts can help them thrive in the future.
Oct 26, 2021
  • Michael Knights
  • Alex Almeida

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

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

Sudden Succession Studies