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.

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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

July 11, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, called them “starve, surrender and slaughter” tactics. READ MORE

July 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Mallory Stewart

By Mallory Stewart READ MORE

July 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

As Russia’s “de-escalation plan” for the ongoing war in Syria takes effect, neighboring countries are keen to return massive Syrian refugee populations to the four safe zones that the plan establishes in the western part of the country. READ MORE

June 11, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

Early last month, Russia put forward a “de-escalation” plan for Syria under which major opposition-held territories in western parts of the country, including northwestern Idlib province, northern Homs countryside, the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and parts of southern Syria, would become s READ MORE

June 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or what are more commonly referred to as drones, have become a key component of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Under the Obama administration, armed drones were used to strike terrorist targets in a number of theaters, both within and outside of active combat zones. READ MORE

June 5, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

The United States is treading a narrow line in southeastern Syria, attempting to counter Iranian expansion without exacerbating the conflict or further embroiling American troops. READ MORE

May 19, 2017 | EXPERT: James Siebens , EXPERT: Jesse Marks

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

By ​Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. READ MORE

May 17, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

If there was any doubt the Russians are now leading diplomatic efforts on Syria, the latest round of Astana talks made it abundantly clear. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

April 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

April 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Last week, a bipartisan group of congressmen sent a letter requesting the Trump administration approve sales of Reaper drones to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. If the sale goes forward, certain conditions will be necessary to ensure U.S. interests are achieved. READ MORE

April 9, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Less than two months after taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to drone strikes appears to be taking shape. READ MORE

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