In Memoriam: Dr. David Pollock, 1950-2024

David Pollock
David Pollock: A Retrospective
David’s endless optimism, insightful and entertaining anecdotes, and thoughtful comments on his colleagues’ work were all defining features of his time at The Washington Institute. His mentorship will undoubtedly continue to inspire the dozens of young professionals who worked with him, continuing his legacy.
Jan 11, 2024
  • Catherine Cleveland
Islamic State's Response to October 7
The Islamic State’s response to October 7 has centered on shifting their messaging to argue that attacks on targets within IS’ pre-existing areas of operation are relevant.
Feb 9, 2024
  • Ilana Winter
What Does the War in Gaza Mean for Jordan's National Security?
Amman worries that the war in Gaza will increase Hamas’s domestic popularity and embolden the group’s supporters—especially with Jordan’s upcoming parliamentary elections in August 2024.
Dec 22, 2023
  • Saud Al-Sharafat
The United States Is Rapidly Losing Arab Hearts and Minds Through Gaza War, While Competitors Benefit
According to new polling, the percentage of six Arab publics who believe America has had a positive role in the war amounts to just 7%.
Nov 21, 2023
  • Munqith Dagher
  • Karl Kaltenthaler
A Meaningful Endgame in Gaza Will Separate Transformation from Revenge
Without clearly stated goals and a well-defined exit strategy, Israel risks its counteroffensive becoming a punitive effort that costs immense civilian deaths while failing to establish lasting stability and peace in its southern sector.
Nov 3, 2023
  • Ahmed Fouad Alkhatib
More Israelis Optimistic Now Than Before Hamas Attack; 70% Say Hamas Must Go
Recent polling indicates a strong sense of national unity among Israelis in the aftermath of Hamas' attack. While trust in political leadership remains low, overall confidence in the military and police is high.
Oct 27, 2023
  • David Pollock
Mahmoud Abbas
Abbas and the Khazar Claim: Separating Myth from Fact
The lesson of this current episode with Abbas should be that more research is called for to throw light on this half-forgotten chapter of history to refute such claims. Only more accurate information can help remove the Khazars from the shadows of mystery and antisemitism and place them instead in the correct historical context.
Sep 12, 2023
  • Ehud Yaari

Spring 2023 Polling




The Gulf

A Third of Saudis Want Business With Israel Now, Even Without Formal Ties; “Muslim Rights” Top List of Public’s Terms for Full Normalization
A unique new public opinion poll from Saudi Arabia sheds light on popular attitudes there toward a potential deal to “normalize” relations with Israel.
Sep 18, 2023
  • David Pollock
How a Small Saudi City Explains China’s Role in the Saudi-Iran Agreement
China's recent mediation efforts between Riyadh and Tehran were motivated by a combination of strategic outlook and economic interest in the Middle East, signaling a gradual shift away from its traditional "free-riding" approach.
Jul 31, 2023
  • Essa Nahari
The Gulf Navigates a Multipolar World
Amid global uncertainty, Gulf states are seeking to strike a delicate balance between old and new partners.
Feb 24, 2023
  • Fawzi al-Zubaidi
A Stabilizing Factor: Oman’s Quiet Influence amid Mounting Uncertainty in the Gulf
Based on its sound reputation as a conflict mediator and talks facilitator, Oman is well-positioned to tone down flaring rivalries in the Gulf and prevent tensions from spiraling out of control.
Dec 22, 2022
  • Leonardo Jacopo Maria Mazzucco


North Africa