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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:

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. 

October 20, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

Read the full report, published by the Atlantic Council, here.

October 20, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

A conversation with:   Ellen Laipson Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Atlantic Council   Michael Connell

June 22, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

By Ellen Laipson: 

May 18, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

This month marks the centenary of the Sykes-Picot treaty, a French-English agreement to establish areas of control and influence in the Arab lands of the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

May 11, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

The ouster of Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister of Turkey is an internal matter.

May 3, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

By Ellen Laipson:

April 27, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

The readout from President Barack Obama’s trip last week to the Gulf reflects the ongoing strains in U.S. relations with the Gulf monarchs. Both sides share responsibility for the current state of affairs.
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