Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

Stimson experts examine the roots of political and military conflict as well as sectarianism in the Middle East and North Africa.

Current Research

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. READ MORE

October 3, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also a novel desire to increase cooperation on the counter-terrorism front. READ MORE

September 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has emerged as a global leader in renewable energy innovation. READ MORE

August 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

On August 1, Al-Watan, a pro-Assad regime newspaper, ran a story that described a dialogue held with Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin and China’s military attaché, Wong Roy Chang. READ MORE

August 13, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

For 60 years, successive Chinese governments have stood doggedly by an official policy of “nonintervention” in the internal affairs of other states. READ MORE

April 9, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

By Logan Pauley READ MORE

March 29, 2018 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Optimistic and pessimistic arguments about nuclear proliferation were conceptualized decades ago. The best place to find them is in Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz’s The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate. READ MORE

October 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the week: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865) READ MORE

October 14, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Quote of the Week: “Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune Something to make us all happy Do anything, take us out of this gloom Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy” —Stevie Winwood READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

Kuwait’s self-perception as a humanitarian and benevolent country is often at odds with public opinion of Muslim countries in the West, which remains focused on the financing of terrorism, the propagation of Islam, and other “undemocratic” political positions. This policy brief will discuss the h READ MORE

September 8, 2017 | EXPERT: Cindy Vestergaard

Editor's Note: The Fact of the Matter is an ongoing series that highlights — and corrects — common misconceptions in conventional wisdom. Contributions to this series are from experts at the nonpartisan Stimson Center. By Cindy Vestergaard READ MORE

August 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Haidi Scarlet Willmot

The United Nations (U.N.) is mandated and resourced to prevent and respond to mass human suffering caused by conflict, natural disaster, and disease. Yet it is often criticized for failing to act in a timely way. READ MORE

August 21, 2017 | EXPERT: Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. and Tom Harvey READ MORE

July 20, 2017

By Eli Enos and Rachel Stohl READ MORE

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