Recent Institute Analysis
Breaking Point: Consolidating Houthi Military Setbacks in Yemen
Washington can help preserve the recent coalition gains by categorizing the campaign as defensive, deterring further Houthi attacks abroad, and leveraging the next military deadlock to reinvigorate peace talks.
Jan 19, 2022◆
- Alex Almeida
- Michael Knights
In Focus: The Ukraine Crisis and the Middle East
Russia’s Desert Storm: Putin’s Plan to Use America’s Military Playbook Against Ukraine?
The lessons Moscow learned from the 1991 Gulf War and the 2015 Syria intervention reveal much about the strategy, tactics, and weapons systems it might use (or already be using) in Ukraine.
Jan 23, 2022◆
- Anna Borshchevskaya
In Focus: Lebanon in Crisis
The War on Jihadism: Lessons from Twenty Years of Counterterrorism
Three French experts survey the evolution of twenty-first-century counterterrorism and assess how the struggles against jihadist and far-right violence need to adapt in the coming years.
Dec 22, 2021◆
- Marc Hecker
- Elie Tenenbaum
- Louis Dugit-Gros
Institute Presents Prestigious Scholar-Statesman Award To Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Reform, Protest, Change
Testimony from Institute Scholars
Assessing Lebanon’s Political Paralysis, Economic Crisis, and Challenges for U.S. Policy
A former assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs diagnoses the country's incapacitated institutions and prescribes remedies for its entrenched corruption and Iranian/Hezbollah domination.
Jul 29, 2021◆
- David Schenker
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