• Op-Ed
    US Should Respond to Bahrain
    Rachel Kleinfeld July 10, 2014 Hill

    If the United States does not respond to Bahrain’s expulsion of U.S. diplomat Tom Malinowski, it will not just be interpreted as weakness by other countries, it will also damage America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

  • Article
    Gulf Calculations in the Syrian Conflict
    Frederic Wehrey June 9, 2014 عربي

    Gulf states’ reasons for intervention in Syria are complex, and their policies are unpredictable and frequently contradictory.

  • Op-Ed
    The Gulf’s Achilles’ Heel
    Frederic Wehrey March 27, 2014 National Interest

    The political impasse of Bahrain is a festering wound in the Gulf. If left unaddressed, it will eventually threaten U.S. assets and people.

  • Letter to Obama: Promote Bahrain Reform
    March 10, 2014

    Reform and stability can co-exist, and the United States must demonstrate the leadership needed to realize that model in the Gulf and help end the political crisis and the violence that afflict Bahrain.

  • Op-Ed
    Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran v Sunni Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey February 18, 2014 United States Institute of Peace

    The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not driven primarily by a Sunni-Shiite divide or even Arab-Persian ethnic differences. The conflict is informed by two radically different models of government and two very different visions of regional order.

  • Combating Unconventional Threats in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey December 6, 2013 The Uneasy Balance

    There is a clear convergence of interests between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the West in combating terrorism and piracy. But there are and will continue to be differences over the nature of domestic, political, and ideological challenges, and how best to address them.

  • Syria’s Sectarian Ripples Across the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey November 18, 2013 United States Institute of Peace

    Like the Iraq war, Syria’s internecine conflict has enabled the Gulf’s ruling families, media commentators, clerics, parliamentarians, and activists to invoke and amplify Sunni-Shia identities, often for goals that are rooted in local power politics.

  • Op-Ed
    With Friends like These: Bahrain’s U.S.-Backed Military and the National Dialogue
    Frederic Wehrey March 14, 2013 World Politics Review

    Despite the appointment of a new deputy prime minister, international observers should be under no illusion about the forces still arrayed against compromise in Bahrain.

  • Op-Ed
    Human Rights and Sports Events
    Judy Dempsey February 18, 2013 New York Times

    Despite the support by some political parties in Europe, human rights organizations have been unable to prevent high-profile events taking place in autocratic countries.

  • Op-Ed
    An Attempt to Take Tools From Tyrants
    Judy Dempsey February 18, 2013 New York Times

    In a bid to prevent European companies from selling electronic eavesdropping gear to Bahrain, several groups have filed a complaint with the OECD.


Carnegie Experts on Bahrain

  • Lina Khatib
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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