Middle East

Grand Strategy in Pivotal Places

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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Research and Analysis

October 17, 2018 | EXPERT: Bessma Momani

After nearly two weeks of unending attention on the disappearance and now confirmed death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the powers have finally agreed upon a narrative that can satisfy all interested parties’ state interests. Make no mistake, the now-agreed-upon story of Mr.

May 18, 2017 | EXPERT: Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

By ​Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr.

April 26, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

While the potential government shutdown is drawing headlines this week, President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget should be raising even more eyebrows.

January 9, 2017 | EXPERT: Barry Blechman , EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2017 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office. 

January 4, 2017 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

By Ellen Laipson

November 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

By Ellen Laipson:
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