Recent Institute Analysis

Israelis protest demanding the release of hostages held by Hamas - source: Reuters
From War to Peace in the Middle East? Observations from a Regional Tour
The Washington Institute’s executive director reflects on the feasibility of the Biden administration’s current diplomatic plans in the region, based in part on what local officials said during his recent group trip to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, and the PA.
Feb 23, 2024
  • Robert Satloff
Screenshot excerpt of a StoryMap covering maritime attacks in the Middle East.
Maps & Graphics
Tracking Maritime Attacks in the Middle East Since 2019
An interactive map showing the extent to which Houthi forces, their Iranian military patrons, and other actors have been targeting vessels in regional waterways for years, including well before the Hamas-Israel war.
Jan 31, 2024
  • Noam Raydan
  • Farzin Nadimi

In Focus: The Hamas-Israel War

Growing Internal Tensions Between Hamas Leaders
Kept in the dark about key aspects of the October 7 attack, the group’s external leaders are now jockeying for position in postwar arrangements that they may not have enough power to shape.
Dec 21, 2023
  • Ehud Yaari
  • Matthew Levitt
The Hamas-Israel War: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End?
Experts discuss the military and political situation at what appears to be a decisive moment in the war, offering insights on Israel’s calculations, the effects of growing foreign pressure, and the need for further international action to address attacks by Iran’s other regional partners.
Dec 15, 2023
  • Assaf Orion
  • Hanin Ghaddar
  • Matthew Levitt
  • Robert Satloff
Why a West Bank Front Has Not Opened So Far
The older generation remains skeptical of what an intifada might achieve, but Israeli crackdowns and worsening economic conditions could still ignite younger Palestinians and undermine PA security cooperation.
Dec 13, 2023
  • Neomi Neumann
Ending the War
Laying the groundwork for an eventual Hamas surrender would break the current binary choice between more destructive conflict and an ineffectual ceasefire.
Dec 1, 2023
  • Robert Satloff
  • Dennis Ross

The Israel-Hamas War 2023: Frequently Asked Questions

Regional Implications of the Hamas-Israel War

In Focus: Preventing a Hezbollah-Israel War

Israeli flag, Hezbollah flag, implied Lebanon border
Maps & Graphics
Reinforcing U.S. Diplomacy to Stop a Hezbollah-Israel War
Only a comprehensive initiative aimed at curbing Hezbollah’s influence both within Lebanon and in the region stands a chance of delivering peace for the long term.
Feb 8, 2024
  • Hanin Ghaddar

New Study

Destruction from the Israeli strike on Hamas targets at the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza.
Maps & Graphics
How Hamas Manipulates Gaza Fatality Numbers:
International media and NGOs have repeated the group's figures without caveats, giving credence to suspicions of Israeli misconduct and fueling accusations of war crimes and even genocide.
Jan 25, 2024
  • Gabriel Epstein

Interactive Map: ISIS Global Activity

Arab Public Opinion 2014 to Today

Fikra Interactive Public Polling Platform Thumbnail
Maps & Graphics
TWI Interactive Polling Platform
Interactive datasets, from 2014 to today
Jun 30, 2022