New Poll in West Bank Shows Shift from Maximalist Views of 2020
A new poll gauging popular opinion in the West Bank shows support for a two state solution remains in the minority, but meaningful shifts have occurred in attitudes over the past two years.
Jun 30, 2022◆
- Catherine Cleveland
March 2022 Polling
Polling Indicates Widespread Frustration in Lebanon and Sectarian Disagreement on Global Powers
Lebanese Shia, Sunnis, and Christians are increasingly divided on the United States and Russia, while China maintains cross-sectarian favorability and ties with Iran have jumped in importance among Sunnis.
May 19, 2022◆
- Carol Silber
MENA Already Had a Food Crisis; Polling Shows Majority Agree Russia Is Making It Worse
While Arabs polled in March see Russia as responsible for spiking food prices, frustration with prior governance failures and economic challenges are also evident in certain Arab states with struggling economies.
May 18, 2022◆
- Catherine Cleveland
Russian Move on Ukraine Opposed by Most Jordanians, Who Prefer Ties with United States
A new public opinion poll in Jordan, commissioned by The Washington Institute and conducted in March, documents a surprisingly solid popular rejection of Russia’s “military action” in Ukraine.
Apr 26, 2022◆
- David Pollock
U.S. Middle East Policy
Iraq’s Two Coups—And How the U.S. Should Respond
Iran’s allies in Iraq mounted a judicial coup at the start of this year. Now, Muqtada al-Sadr is trying to place the system under his control through mob action. U.S.-led friends of Iraq should care about both these developments, not just the most recent one.
Aug 2, 2022◆
- Michael Knights
Growing Pains: The Promise and Reality of Biden’s Middle East Policy
A year after Joe Biden’s inauguration, expectations for a shift in America's Middle East policy have not materialized. Gulf monarchies are warily looking on as Washington continues to debate the U.S. role in the region.
Jan 24, 2022◆
- Leonardo Jacopo Maria Mazzucco
- Kristian Alexander
Navigating the Political Impasse Between Sadrists and the Coordination Framework
10 months after Iraqi elections, intra-Shia feuding between the Sadrist movement and the Coordination Framework has led to several public demonstrations but few viable solutions.
Aug 12, 2022◆
- Azhar Al-Rubaie
The “Full Barzani”: How Diplomatic Meetings with the Barzani Family Are Shaping Iraqi Kurdish Politics
For high-ranking officials visiting the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, there is a well-established expectation that they will meet separately with three political figures from the same family and party: Masoud, Nechirvan, and Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Apr 8, 2022
The Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq: A Political Bargaining Chip?
Political tensions in Iraq have escalated amid ongoing disagreements on government formation as two main political blocs vye for power, with Iraq’s constitutional deadline for electing a president expiring earlier this week.
Apr 8, 2022◆
- Mohanad Faris
The Impending Turkish Invasion: Repercussions for the SDF-Washington Relationship
A Turkish attack on northern Syria would bring new waves of internal displacement and increased humanitarian suffering, weaken the SDF and the Autonomous Administration, and erode these institutions’ the trust of the United States.
Jul 25, 2022◆
- Baraa Sabri
How the Autonomous Administration Leadership and Civilians Will View a Turkish Incursion into Northeast Syria
With the threat of a Turkish incursion into Northeast Syria, the SDF weighs their options while the area’s civilians express their frustrations and concerns about all parties involved.
Jul 18, 2022◆
- Ishtar Al Shami
The COVID-19 Crisis: An Opportunity to Transition to a Post-Oil Economy
Oil resources have wrought unprecedented developments in Gulf society, but these successes have been tainted by what is known as the “oil curse.” The past several years have given the Gulf an opportunity to change this trajectory.
Jul 22, 2022◆
- Mohamed Bechri
Aid for Security: The Gulf-Egypt Dynamic Supporting Egypt’s Economy
As Gulf states perceive the repercussions of the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the potential disintegration of the Egyptian army as existential threats to their regimes, they have sustained the deteriorating Egyptian economy to maintain what they see as the sole guarantor of regional stability.
Jun 7, 2022◆
- Mohamed Abdelaziz
Cairo Acts on Its Fears of Radicalization After Afghanistan
The recent saga surrounding the implications of American withdrawal from Afghanistan has not gone unnoticed in Cairo. Egyptian policy circles believe it has opened the door for Islamist and extremist groups to gain momentum across the region, and regime messaging is framing the situation accordingly.
Sep 24, 2021◆
- Haisam Hassanein
The Ukraine Crisis
Refugees and Syria’s Lessons for Ukraine
With the war on Ukraine in its fourth week, many features of how the conflict will play out are still unknown. However, with the first wave of Ukrainian refugees already within its borders, European Union policymakers should be looking to learn lessons now from over a decade of conflict in Syria to help address and mitigate the fallout from the war on Ukraine.
Mar 23, 2022◆
- Liza M. Theriault
Arab Media Perspectives on the Ukraine Crisis
Over the past year, the Ukrainian crisis has reached a boiling point. While there have been few official Arab responses to the Ukrainian crisis, many regional media outlets have extensively covered the crisis and its potential impact on the Middle East.
Feb 3, 2022◆
- Mohamed Abdelaziz
Internet Access in Yemen Should Be an Opportunity for Cooperation, not a Target
Internet connectivity should be treated as a basic human right. Yemen urgently needs functional Internet for a variety of reasons, including facilitating humanitarian assistance and supporting economic recovery when the war ends.
Mar 4, 2022◆
- Nadia al-Sakkaf
- Justin Alexander