Middle East/Southwest Asia
The Middle East/Southwest Asia program explores issues that affect regional security from the Mediterranean to the Gulf. In 2014, we are focused on the strategic struggles in the region between the Arab world and Iran, within Arab societies over political reform and sectarian identity, and in the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq. Stimson scholars are working on cross-border dynamics in the region, from radical Islamic ideology and extremism to stresses from environmental factors that affect economic prospects and human security. Our work on the aftermath of the Arab spring, a collaboration with the George C. Marshall Foundation, promotes regional economic cooperation as a key component in advancing political stability in the Arab states in transition. Our activities include workshops, field research and collaboration with regional organizations, conferences, and publications.
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October 28, 2014
The Escalating Shi’a-Sunni Conflict: Assessing the Role of State Actors
September 16, 2014
The Escalating Shi’a-Sunni Conflict: Is It About Religion Or Politics?
July 30, 2014
Comments on Iranian Foreign Policy and Sectarianism