Middle East

Middle East

The Middle East program explores issues that affect regional security from the Mediterranean to the Gulf. The program’s two primary focuses include the strategic struggles between the Arab world and Iran, and sectarian identity in the region.

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May 18, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

This month marks the centenary of the Sykes-Picot treaty, a French-English agreement to establish areas of control and influence in the Arab lands of the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

May 11, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

The ouster of Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister of Turkey is an internal matter.

May 3, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

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April 27, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

The readout from President Barack Obama’s trip last week to the Gulf reflects the ongoing strains in U.S. relations with the Gulf monarchs. Both sides share responsibility for the current state of affairs.

April 20, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

In the past five days, both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter have visited Iraq.

April 13, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

This week, three of the United Nations’ thankless peace missions—in Libya, Yemen and Syria—will mark steps forward. To be sure, the definition of success is modest. For now, just reducing violence and beginning a political process is the best that one can hope for. But the U.N.
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