Middle East & North Africa Program

Achieving common ground between regional rivals and conflicting parties through expert and political leader dialogue and policy development and providing consultancy and advice on current and future dynamics in the region.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is undergoing unprecedented, historic, complex, and rapid transformations. These changes, both violent and peaceful, are reshaping the relationships between state and society and among countries, shifting the regional balance of power and influence among regional rivals, and causing fragmentation and polarization.

Stimson’s MENA program, which was relaunched in 2021, is recognized for its role as a bridge-builder between conflicting parties. By providing a platform and safe environment for influential, well-connected experts and officials from the region and beyond to engage in confidential, complex and constructive conversations, the program helps find common ground and develop solutions to the crises that destabilize the region.

In addition to implementing Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomacy projects, the MENA Program provides thought leadership to policymakers and the media, and academic analysis of regional affairs.

Projects
  • Archived ·
Project
Arab Transitions
Promoting an active dialogue between the United States and the Arab world to improve regional cooperation, economic growth, and political stability
  • Archived ·
Project
Gulf Security
Examining traditional and non-traditional security issues impacting the Gulf states and their neighbors
Program Team

Kawa Hassan

Senior Fellow and Director; Executive Director of Stimson Europe
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