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

Four Terror Threats More Grave Than Islamic State

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Sep 15, 2014
While ISIS is among the most terrifying terror threats to emerge in recent decades, Washington inflates the risks it poses to the U.S. homeland. Washington should be more focused on these four groups in particular, writes Michael Kugelman. more

Obama's Strategy: Kill ISIS Before They Kill Us

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Sep 12, 2014
"Indeed, stripped to its essence, what the President has outlined isn't some grand strategy to transform the region or even to "ultimately destroy" ISIS; it's a much narrower transactional one to protect the homeland. And here's why," writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky. more

Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan's Iran Gambit, 1985-86

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September 22, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Based on intensive research into once-classified records, as well as interviews and other accounts from Americans, Iranians and Israelis, Malcolm Byrne will revisit the Reagan administration’s controversial initiative toward Iran in 1985-1986. What was its real purpose? Who were the Iranians involved and what did they want? What was Israel’s role? What are the long-term lessons and impact of the operation? more

The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President

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October 07, 2014 // 4:30pm6:30pm
Please join us as Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman interviews Aaron David Miller about his new book The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President. more

Iraq: The Risks

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Sep 10, 2014
"The worst outcome would be another open-ended, treasury-sapping, coffin-producing, and increasingly unpopular war that fails to erase ISIS or resurrect Iraq. The Middle East has a proven record of sucking us in and spitting us out," writes Robin Wright. more

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