About the Middle East Program

The Middle East Program combines the intellectual grounding of its scholars with the power of its convening space to produce actionable ideas for policymakers around the world. Our Program offers a breadth and depth of programming on the prevailing economic, political, and social norms in the MENA region. We pay special attention to the role of women, the aspirations of the younger generation, and democratic and autocratic tendencies in governance. MORE

The Latest from the Middle East Program

Weighing Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran

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June 03, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The Iran Project’s new report, Weighing Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran, is designed to encourage a balanced bipartisan discussion on emerging arguments for and against a P5+1 deal with Iran on its nuclear program. more

Middle East Realities That Challenge Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

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May 20, 2015
"The emerging Iran deal that the Obama administration contends is comprehensive and definitive contains so many uncertainties, including those regarding Iran’s future nuclear weapons aspirations, that it might well turn out to be an extended interim accord," writes Aaron David Miller. more

Stark Choice in Iraq

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May 20, 2015
U.S. officials have been deluding themselves that they can fight ISIS in Iraq without cooperating with the Shi’a militias and Iran. The defeat in Ramadi proves them wrong. The goal of the new intervention in Iraq is to defeat ISIS. The United States needs to focus on that goal and work with the militias, or get out. more

MENA Women's News Brief

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May 19, 2015
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-monthly basis. more

The Economic Significance of the Nuclear Deal for Iran

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June 02, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Experts agree that the signing of a comprehensive nuclear agreement and the consequent lifting of external sanctions will have a positive impact on the Iranian economy. However, the pace of sanctions relief as well as actual policies of the Iranian government will produce different results for the economic development in the country. In his presentation, Khajehpour will look at various scenarios to discuss the potential economic impact of a comprehensive nuclear deal on the Iranian economy as well as the medium-term impact of a growing Iranian economy on oil and gas markets as well as regional trade and investment. more

Experts & Staff

The Islamists Are Coming