Stimson scholars are working on cross-border dynamics in the region. We are focused on the rising threat from sectarianism and its roots in radical Islamic ideology, looking at key countries and at regional consequences. Our Gulf Security work analyzes traditional and non-traditional security issues impacting the Gulf states and their neighbors. In 2016 we are monitoring the regional security repercussions of the Iran nuclear negotiations.
Stimson conducts research in the region, using interviews, structured dialogue and surveys to develop deep understanding of complex issues at play. We use workshops and conversations to develop policy ideas for regional countries and for outside actors, including the United States. Our large public events are intended to provide forums for diverse perspectives, to highlight voices from the Middle East, and to disseminate findings from our research.
The Middle East program focuses on generating knowledge and deeper understanding of the many uncertainties in the region that have created a volatile security environment. We seek to explore ways for states and societies to reduce and mitigate the causes and effects of sectarianism. In recent years, we have also highlighted positive regional trends related to the Arab spring and prospects for regional transformation through economic growth and regional cooperation. These two trends and themes coexist uneasily in a region fraught with uncertainty, but we see pragmatic value in demonstrating the complexity of the region, and not succumbing to one-dimensional views of the situation on the ground.
George C. Marshall Foundation (USA), Gulf Research Center (Geneva and Saudi Arabia), L’Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprises (Tunisia), United States Institute of Peace (USA).