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Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Smoke trails from rockets fired from Gaza at night


The Hamas-Israel War

Hamas' unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7 and the ongoing Hamas-Israel war in Gaza will have political and security implications across the Middle East and North Africa region. The humanitarian dimension with surging death tolls amongst innocent civilians in Israel and in Gaza is at the heart of this conflict.

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Explore Our Core Thematic Areas

The Middle East Program's flagship initiatives include the MENA Workforce Development Initiative (MENA-WDI) and Middle East Women's Initiative (MEWI).

MEP Collaborations

The Middle East Program hosts multiple cross program collaborations, including two established websites cohosted with the United States Institute of Peace.