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.


Research and Analysis

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:

October 25, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

By Ellen Laipson:  As the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State proceeds, the stakes for Iraq’s neighbors vary. Although victory is still a ways off, the outcome in Mosul will more likely entrench existing regional dynamics than change them. 
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