Middle East

 
  • Syria in Crisis
    To Go or Not to Go: Syria’s Opposition and the Paris, Cairo, and Moscow Meetings
    Aron Lund March 31, 2015

    Previous peace talks have done more to shape political opposition movements and their relationship to the Syrian regime than to produce solutions to Syria's ongoing civil war. Upcoming talks will likely be more of the same.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Great Game Folio: Pakistan in Yemen
    C. Raja Mohan March 31, 2015 Indian Express

    Islamabad is under pressure from Saudi Arabia to join military operations against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, but there is little popular support in Pakistan for jumping into a sectarian war.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Lebanon’s Gas Future
    Carole Nakhle March 31, 2015 Natural Gas Europe

    Lebanon should design an energy production strategy that allows it to achieve its wider objectives while taking into consideration its own specific conditions, such as geology, availability of infrastructure, and the domestic market.

     
  • Article
    How France Became an Iran Hawk
    Joseph Bahout, Benjamin Haddad March 30, 2015 Foreign Policy

    The French are worried that the P5+1 negotiations have transformed into a U.S.-Iran rapprochement and that traditional American allies, both in Middle East and Europe, are being sacrificed to this goal.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    A Hidden Motive Behind Saudi Intervention in Yemen
    Lina Khatib March 29, 2015 KPFK Background Briefing with Ian Masters

    Saudi Arabia is using the war against the Houthis to consolidate Saudi influence and control over Yemen, including the Port of Aden.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Riyadh Is Setting Itself Up As Region’s Policeman
    Lina Khatib March 29, 2015 Independent

    Saudi Arabia is saying that Gulf security is the Arab region’s security and, from now on, Arab states should look to Riyadh for direction to deal with the region’s political and security challenges.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Iran’s Rising Influence
    Renad Mansour March 28, 2015 Al Jazeera Counting the Cost

    Iran appears to be increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about just what its ambitions are.

     
  • Op-Ed
    India and the Civil War in Yemen
    C. Raja Mohan March 28, 2015 Indian Express

    India can’t secure its multiple interests in the Middle East without a much greater political engagement with all of the contending forces in the region.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    The Joint List That Could

    The decision to unite four Arab parties in the Knesset may usher in an era of increased cooperation in securing the interests of Palestinians.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Was the Middle East Better Off With Its Dictators?
    Lina Khatib March 27, 2015 CNN Opinion عربي

    Although many lament that the Arab Spring has turned into an Arab Winter, the conflicts emerging across the Middle East are largely the result of the political, economic, and social ills of dictatorships.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Great Game Folio: Pakistan in Yemen
    C. Raja Mohan March 31, 2015 Indian Express

    Islamabad is under pressure from Saudi Arabia to join military operations against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, but there is little popular support in Pakistan for jumping into a sectarian war.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Lebanon’s Gas Future
    Carole Nakhle March 31, 2015 Natural Gas Europe

    Lebanon should design an energy production strategy that allows it to achieve its wider objectives while taking into consideration its own specific conditions, such as geology, availability of infrastructure, and the domestic market.

     
  • Article
    How France Became an Iran Hawk
    Joseph Bahout, Benjamin Haddad March 30, 2015 Foreign Policy

    The French are worried that the P5+1 negotiations have transformed into a U.S.-Iran rapprochement and that traditional American allies, both in Middle East and Europe, are being sacrificed to this goal.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Riyadh Is Setting Itself Up As Region’s Policeman
    Lina Khatib March 29, 2015 Independent

    Saudi Arabia is saying that Gulf security is the Arab region’s security and, from now on, Arab states should look to Riyadh for direction to deal with the region’s political and security challenges.

     
  • Op-Ed
    India and the Civil War in Yemen
    C. Raja Mohan March 28, 2015 Indian Express

    India can’t secure its multiple interests in the Middle East without a much greater political engagement with all of the contending forces in the region.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Was the Middle East Better Off With Its Dictators?
    Lina Khatib March 27, 2015 CNN Opinion عربي

    Although many lament that the Arab Spring has turned into an Arab Winter, the conflicts emerging across the Middle East are largely the result of the political, economic, and social ills of dictatorships.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Operation Charlie Foxtrot
    David Rothkopf March 27, 2015 Foreign Policy

    The entire Middle East is at war right now, and the Obama administration’s strategic incoherence is aiding and abetting the chaos.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Yemenis Flee Capital as Saudi Warplanes Blast Houthi Rebel Targets
    Farea Al-Muslimi, Roy Gutman March 26, 2015 McClatchy DC

    Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in an air campaign to halt the advance of Houthi rebels.

     
  • Article
    The Nusra Front’s Game-Changing Rise in Syria
    Lina Khatib March 25, 2015 عربي

    The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, is gaining in strength and popularity, and it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Is a Nuclear Iran a Threat or a Distraction?
    David Rothkopf March 24, 2015 Foreign Policy

    The Obama administration’s focus on negotiations to stop Tehran’s nuke program overlooks the real problems in the Middle East.

     
  • Event
    2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference
    March 24, 2015 Washington, DC

    The 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference brought together over 800 experts and officials from more than 45 countries and international organizations to discuss emerging trends in nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, deterrence, and nuclear energy.

     
  • Event
    Youth Marginalization and Radicalization Amid the Syrian Crisis
    March 19, 2015 Beirut

    As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, the situation continues to become more difficult for refugees, host communities, and donors. Among Syrian refugees, youth are one of the most critically affected groups.

     
  • Event
    Amr Hamzawy on the Plight of the Arab Nation-state
    Hazem al-Amin, Amr Hamzawy, Lina Khatib March 18, 2015 Beirut

    The Carnegie Middle East Center welcomed Amr Hamzawy and Hazem al-Amin to examine the challenges facing democracy, development, and security in Egypt and the Levant region during the last four years.

     
  • Event
    The Iran Nuclear Talks and Their Implications: An Indian Perspective
    K.C. Singh, Frederic Grare March 17, 2015 Washington, DC

    As the deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program approaches, the range of possible outcomes will have implications not just for the region and for world powers at the negotiating table, but also much more broadly.

     
  • Event
    Oil-Climate Index Release
    William Burns, Deborah Gordon, Jonathan Koomey, Adam Brandt, Joule Bergerson, Rob Barnett, David Livingston March 11, 2015 Washington, DC

    Oil is changing. The oils themselves, how they are extracted and processed, and the products into which they are made are shifting in substantial ways.

     
  • Event
    The Armenian World, 100 Years After the Genocide
    Thomas de Waal, Paul Haidostian, Maha Yahya March 10, 2015 Beirut

    One hundred years later, the issue of the Armenian Genocide still remains a contentious issue between Armenia and Turkey.

     
  • Event
    Future Trends in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey, Kristin Smith Diwan, Jamil De Dominicis, Jane Kinninmont, Matar Ebrahim Matar March 3, 2015 Washington, DC

    Amid a region beset by civil wars and terrorism, the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are facing growing challenges from an increasingly youthful population, aging rulers, economic pressures, and a new information environment.

     
  • Event
    Cross-border Security Threats and Responses
    Alaya Allani, Usama Butt, Ahmed Driss, Georges Fahmi, Chehrazade Ben Hamida, Lina Khatib, Haydar El Khoei, Mohammed Masbah, Hamza Meddeb, Marc Pierini, Cheikh Mohammed Abdul Wahab Rafiki, Yezid Sayigh, Lina Sinjab, Wladimir Van Wilgenburg February 26, 2015 Tunis

    Modern jihadist organizations have taken advantage of continued instability to make themselves into territorialized organizations which frequently cross established state borders, such as the Islamic State.

     
  • Event
    The Ethics of Media Reporting on Terror
    Babak Dehghanpisheh, Lina Khatib, Ayman Mhanna, Jim Muir, Samia Nakhoul February 18, 2015 Beirut

    Jihadist organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State use propaganda tools to intimidate, control, and recruit. The mainstream media is forced to evaluate its own ethics and standards in fear of spreading the radicals’ messages.

     
  • Event
    The Battle Against the Islamic State: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Marwan Muasher, Lukman Faily, James Jeffrey, Katherine Wilkens February 12, 2015 Washington, DC

    Six months since the creation of the international coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), the military campaign is entering a new phase following the gruesome murder of a Jordanian pilot and the defeat of IS in Kobane last month.

     

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Carnegie Experts on Middle East

  • Mario Abou Zeid
    Research Analyst
    Middle East Center

    Abou Zeid is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on political developments in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

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  • James M. Acton
    Co-director
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Acton is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. A physicist by training, Acton specializes in nonproliferation, deterrence, and disarmament.

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  • Cornelius Adebahr
    Associate
    Europe Program

    Adebahr is an associate in the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. His research focuses on European foreign policy.

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  • Farea Al-Muslimi
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Al-Muslimi is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Yemeni and Gulf politics.

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  • Joseph Bahout
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Joseph Bahout is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. His research focuses on political developments in Lebanon and Syria, regional spillover from the Syrian crisis, and identity politics across the region.

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  • Bayram Balci
    Nonresident Scholar
    Russia and Eurasia Program

    Balci is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on Turkey and Turkish foreign policy in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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  • Nathan Brown
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics.

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  • Thomas Carothers
    Vice President for Studies

    Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, comparative democratization, and U.S. foreign policy relating to democracy and human rights.

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  • Shahram Chubin
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Chubin, who is based in Geneva, focuses his research on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. He was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009.

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  • James Collins
    Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program;
    Diplomat in Residence

    Ambassador Collins was the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001 and is an expert on the former Soviet Union, its successor states, and the Middle East.

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  • Gilles Dorronsoro
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Dorronsoro’s research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan. He was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes.

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  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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  • Georges Fahmi
    El-Erian Fellow
    Middle East Center

    Fahmi is an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition, the interplay between state and religion, and religious minorities and citizenship.

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  • Kawa Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Hassan is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Kurdish and Iraqi politics, civil society and democratization, donor assistance, and transition processes, especially in the Middle East.

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  • Mark Hibbs
    Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Hibbs is a Berlin-based senior associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. Before joining Carnegie, for over twenty years he was an editor and correspondent for nuclear energy publications, including Nucleonics Week and NuclearFuel, published by the Platts division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.

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  • Kheder Khaddour
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Khaddour is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research focuses on issues of identity and society in Syria.

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  • Lina Khatib
    Director
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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  • Raphaël Lefèvre
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Lefèvre is a Gates Scholar and a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Cambridge.

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  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

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  • Renad Mansour
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Mansour is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Iraq, Iran, and Kurdish affairs.

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  • Mohammed Masbah
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Masbah is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is a political-sociologist whose work centers on Salafism, political Islam, authoritarianism, and youth movements, with a focus on North Africa.

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  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews
    Distinguished Fellow

    Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s president for 18 years.

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  • Aline Matta
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Matta is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on technical assistance projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

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  • Hamza Meddeb
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform as well as the political economy of conflicts and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa.

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  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

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  • Nathaniel Myers
    Visiting Scholar

    Nathaniel Myers is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law program. His research focuses on the intersection of American foreign assistance and foreign policy.

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  • Carole Nakhle
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Nakhle is a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center, specializing in international petroleum contracts and fiscal regimes for the oil and gas industry, world oil and gas market developments, energy policy, and oil and gas revenue management.

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  • George Perkovich
    Vice President for Studies

    Perkovich’s research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, with a concentration on South Asia, Iran, and the problem of justice in the international political economy.

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  • Marc Pierini
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.

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  • Karim Sadjadpour
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Sadjadpour, a leading researcher on Iran, has conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.

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  • Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.

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  • Paul Schulte
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program and Carnegie Europe

    Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on the future of deterrence, nuclear strategy, nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and their political implications.

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  • Stephen Tankel
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Tankel is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, where his research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, and the evolution of nonstate armed groups.

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  • Sinan Ülgen
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the implications of Turkish foreign policy for Europe and the United States, nuclear policy, and the security and economic aspects of transatlantic relations.

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  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly.

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  • Katherine Wilkens
    Deputy Director
    Middle East Program

    Wilkens is the deputy director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Over the last two decades, she has held a number of senior positions in the U.S. government and nonprofit sector.

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  • Maha Yahya
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Yahya is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.

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