Recent Institute Analysis

What Saudi Arabia Wants from President Xi’s Visit
China is already one of the kingdom’s major commercial partners and a significant supplier of military and nuclear technology, but Riyadh wants more of each.
Dec 6, 2022
  • Simon Henderson
  • Carol Silber
Khamenei Focusing on “External Threats,” Not Protest Demands
In an attempt to rally Iranians around the flag, his latest speech fixated on “Western plots,” indicating that he has no imminent plans to make significant concessions to protesters.
Dec 2, 2022
  • Omer Carmi
Tunisians Pessimistic Ahead of Parliamentary Election
Socioeconomic unrest is growing in many parts of the country, and the series of elections planned this month and next year hold little prospect of bolstering public confidence in an increasingly autocratic government.
Dec 2, 2022
  • Sabina Henneberg
Hezbollah Turns 40: Implications of the Group’s Internal, Regional, and Strategic Shifts
Four experts assess Hezbollah's impact at home and abroad after decades of political maneuvering, military operations, and criminal activity.
Dec 2, 2022
  • Hanin Ghaddar
  • Matthew Levitt
  • Mona Fayad
  • Akeel Abbas

Video: 2022 Scholar-Statesman Award

Iranian women's rights activist Masih Alinejad  speaks at the Institute's 2022 Scholar-Statesman Award dinner in New York City - source: The Washington Institute
A Conversation with Masih Alinejad
Watch or read a conversation with Masih Alinejad, an Iranian American human rights activist and The Washington Institute’s 2022 Scholar-Statesman honoree.
Nov 21, 2022
  • Masih Alinejad

New Study

Eisenstadt monograph cover; U.S. "Plumbbob Hood" nuclear weapons test, 1957
Maps & Graphics
Iran's Nuclear Hedging Strategy:
Tehran’s willingness to pause aspects of its nuclear program may offer opportunities to stoke regime concerns about the potential costs of moving forward. 
Nov 29, 2022
  • Michael Eisenstadt

In Focus: Great Power Competition

Wing Loong fighter
Maps & Graphics
China's Security Presence in the Middle East:
A more assertive Beijing means that Washington must work harder to protect its traditional partnerships and secure sensitive information.
Oct 18, 2022
  • Grant Rumley

In-Depth Report

U.S. soldier trains Iraqis at Camp Taji
Maps & Graphics
Fighting Jihadists By, With, and Through U.S. Partners:
Special forces have succeeded especially in such missions, but any BWT effort requires some U.S. ground presence to achieve its goals.
Oct 20, 2022
  • Ido Levy