Stimson’s scholars examine traditional and non-traditional security issues impacting the Gulf states and their neighbors. In 2016, Stimson is examining the regional security implications of the Iran nuclear negotiations.
Key areas of research and analysis include Iran’s nuclear activities and emergence as a regional power, Iraq’s ongoing reintegration into the region’s economic and political architecture, and the security roles of key regional organizations such as the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Stimson conducts research in the region using interviews, structured dialogue, and surveys to develop deep understanding of complex issues at play. The program hosts workshops and conversations to develop policy ideas for regional countries and for outside actors, including the United States. Large public events are intended to provide forums for diverse perspectives, highlight voices from the Middle East, and disseminate findings from our research.
Gulf Research Center, USIP