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December 29, 2022
Issue Brief -
Great Power Competition in the Middle East: A Visionless Contest?

After decades of a unipolar world order, the return of great power competition has become a fact of global politics today. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) new Strategic Concept document, released in June 2022, clearly illustrates how the organization is preparing itself for a new international security environment defined by such a competition.

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November 30, 2022
Issue Brief -
The Return of Egypt? Assessing Egyptian Foreign Policy Under Sissi

Egyptian foreign policy has undergone significant changes over the past half a century. After Gamal Abdel Nasser passed in 1970, Egypt’s pan-Arabist aspirations and ambitions came to an end. His successor, Anwar el-Sadat, re-oriented the country towards the West and made peace with Israel in 1979, which led to a decade-long suspension from the Arab League.

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October 31, 2022
Issue Brief -
Security Sector Reform in Complex Conflict Environments

Civilian populations in the conflict-ridden countries of the Middle East and North Africa have undergone a radical transformation of their governing structures. In countries like Iraq, Syria, and Libya, these structures are increasingly dominated by unconventional security providers such as militias and paramilitary groups aligned with the state, creating complications for good governance and security sector reform (SSR).

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December 29, 2022
Issue Brief -
Great Power Competition in the Middle East: A Visionless Contest?

After decades of a unipolar world order, the return of great power competition has become a fact of global politics today. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) new Strategic Concept document, released in June 2022, clearly illustrates how the organization is preparing itself for a new international security environment defined by such a competition.

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November 30, 2022
Issue Brief -
The Return of Egypt? Assessing Egyptian Foreign Policy Under Sissi

Egyptian foreign policy has undergone significant changes over the past half a century. After Gamal Abdel Nasser passed in 1970, Egypt’s pan-Arabist aspirations and ambitions came to an end. His successor, Anwar el-Sadat, re-oriented the country towards the West and made peace with Israel in 1979, which led to a decade-long suspension from the Arab League.

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October 31, 2022
Issue Brief -
Security Sector Reform in Complex Conflict Environments

Civilian populations in the conflict-ridden countries of the Middle East and North Africa have undergone a radical transformation of their governing structures. In countries like Iraq, Syria, and Libya, these structures are increasingly dominated by unconventional security providers such as militias and paramilitary groups aligned with the state, creating complications for good governance and security sector reform (SSR).

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31 January 2023
upcoming event 6:00 pm AST - 7:30 pm AST
Qatar 2022 World Cup: Political Legacies and Future Impact
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16 November 2022
past event 3:00 pm AST - 5:00 pm AST
Unpacking the Governance Challenge in MENA: A Conversation about Transparency and Right to Information 
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6 December 2022
past event 4:00 pm AST - 5:15 pm AST
Turkey’s New Regional Policy: Reset or Escalation?
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31 January 2023
upcoming event 6:00 pm AST - 7:30 pm AST

Qatar 2022 World Cup: Political Legacies and Future Impact

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16 November 2022
past event 3:00 pm AST - 5:00 pm AST

Unpacking the Governance Challenge in MENA: A Conversation about Transparency and Right to Information 

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06 December 2022
past event 4:00 pm AST - 5:15 pm AST

Turkey’s New Regional Policy: Reset or Escalation?

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Afkar

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January 26, 2023
What Can the Next World Cup Hosts Learn from Qatar 2022?

As 2022 drew to a close, the sporting world relished in a riveting FIFA World Cup full of historical firsts. Going forward, policymakers have a chance to reflect on the lessons learned from the organization of that event, which was the first time it was held in the Middle East. With the United States, Mexico,… Continue reading What Can the Next World Cup Hosts Learn from Qatar 2022?

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January 16, 2023
Can Iraq’s New PM Chart a Different Relationship with the Gulf?

Iraq’s new government is hoping that an influx of investment from its Gulf neighbors can breathe life into its economy and diversify its regional relationships after years of being so close to Iran. But such efforts are likely to face stiff opposition from Tehran and its proxies, who have expanded and consolidated their influence since… Continue reading Can Iraq’s New PM Chart a Different Relationship with the Gulf?

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January 12, 2023
Could Israel’s New Government Spell the End of the Palestinian Authority? 

Israel’s new government, widely seen as the most far-right in its history, has wasted no time ramping up pressure on the Palestinian Authority. The latest volley of travel restrictions against top officials, financial pressure and construction freezes are not new in themselves. But viewed in the context of statements by members of the new cabinet,… Continue reading Could Israel’s New Government Spell the End of the Palestinian Authority? 

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January 26, 2023
What Can the Next World Cup Hosts Learn from Qatar 2022?

As 2022 drew to a close, the sporting world relished in a riveting FIFA World Cup full of historical firsts. Going forward, policymakers have a chance to reflect on the lessons learned from the organization of that event, which was the first time it was held in the Middle East. With the United States, Mexico,… Continue reading What Can the Next World Cup Hosts Learn from Qatar 2022?

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January 16, 2023
Can Iraq’s New PM Chart a Different Relationship with the Gulf?

Iraq’s new government is hoping that an influx of investment from its Gulf neighbors can breathe life into its economy and diversify its regional relationships after years of being so close to Iran. But such efforts are likely to face stiff opposition from Tehran and its proxies, who have expanded and consolidated their influence since… Continue reading Can Iraq’s New PM Chart a Different Relationship with the Gulf?

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January 12, 2023
Could Israel’s New Government Spell the End of the Palestinian Authority? 

Israel’s new government, widely seen as the most far-right in its history, has wasted no time ramping up pressure on the Palestinian Authority. The latest volley of travel restrictions against top officials, financial pressure and construction freezes are not new in themselves. But viewed in the context of statements by members of the new cabinet,… Continue reading Could Israel’s New Government Spell the End of the Palestinian Authority? 

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