Iran

Fall 2022 Polling

Israeli and Arab foreign ministers, along with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, at the Negev Summit - source: Reuters
Forty Percent of Saudis and Emiratis Still Accept Israeli Contacts, Even Under Netanyahu
Approval for contacts with Israelis remained steady through 2022, even as hesitancy on Abraham Accords continued.
Jan 19, 2023
  • David Pollock

Summer 2022 Polling

Syria

Muscat
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

Iraq

Perpetrators of Stephen Troell’s Killing in Baghdad Remain Unknown
The circumstances surrounding Troell's death in November clearly indicate that the murder is tied to political infighting and the ongoing issue of armed militias in Iraq.
Dec 15, 2022
  • Mohanad Faris
KRG and PA: Reprioritizing Governance over Symbolism
Although Palestinian and Kurdish politics have similarly deteriorated into ineffective blame games, fresh U.S. policies focused on institution-building could restore the promise of progress in both cases.
Dec 2, 2022
  • Ghaith al-Omari
  • Bilal Wahab
The System and the Parallel System in Iraq
Instead of blaming the untested constitution for government failures, Iraqi politicians must look inward to the corrupt parallel system that undermines national politics.
Nov 22, 2022
  • Bjar Sharif
What Could Iraqis Gain from Their Oil Windfall?
Although Iraq stands to gain significant revenues from an oil windfall, urgent reforms are needed to ensure these funds benefit the people, not just the elites.
Nov 18, 2022
  • Mohammed Hussein

U.S. Middle East Policy

Will Haftar’s Heir Be an Ally of the Russians or the Americans?
As Libya's political dynamics continue to change, Washington's next moves are more important than ever.
Oct 21, 2022
  • Khalil El Hasse
Reactions of Palestinian Media and Political Leaders to Biden’s Visit to the Region
Palestinians felt that Biden’s visit did little to aid the Palestinian cause, despite attempts by the Palestinian Authority to portray the trip as a success.
Sep 26, 2022
  • Jalal Selmi
The Middle East NATO: From Fiction to Fact
In light of increased regional tensions, the idea of a Middle East NATO is becoming more and more realistic, this time with the possibility of Israeli-Arab cooperation.
Sep 14, 2022
  • Mohamed Chtatou
Women’s Rights—Why the West Shouldn’t Abandon the Middle East
A Reaction to Biden’s trip to the Middle East through the lens of women’s rights.
Aug 31, 2022
  • Jemima Shelley

Turkey

Algeria’s Foreign Policy: Facing a Crossroads
The ongoing war in Ukraine, with its recrystallization of allegiances, can provide Algeria the opportunity to return from a shift towards Russia and China back to a more balanced relationship with great powers.
Aug 9, 2022
  • Vasilis Petropoulos