To examine the potential impact of the global economic slowdown on the MENA region, the Middle East Council for Global Affairs (ME Council) will hold a webinar bringing together a panel of esteemed regional experts in finance, banking, and economics.
To provide a platform for young voices, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) hosted a Suhoor Gala, featuring a panel discussion with a group of youth creatives. From film and tech to art and fashion design, the panelists explored the different forms of expression that have been used to amplify youth voices and catalyze social movements in the MENA region, with the ultimate aim of improving the prospects and well-being of the youth and broader population across the region.
In recognition of World Refugee Day, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut invite you to a discussion on the future of refugees in the MENA region, with a focus on Syria and lessons learned for Sudan.
the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council), in collaboration with the Gulf Studies Center (GSC) at Qatar University, will host a webinar to discuss the opportunities and threats posed by AI for policymaking and think tanks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
One month after the outbreak of violence, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) will convene a panel of experts to discuss the ongoing conflict in Sudan.
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) hosted a webinar on April 12, 2023 to discuss the implications a critical juncture in Palestinian history, the Second Intifada, and address its legacy and influence on recent developments and the present reality. The discussion was moderated by Omar H. Rahman, fellow at the ME Council and editor of Afkār. The distinguished panelists included Ramzy Baroud, editor of The Palestine Chronicle, and Nour Odeh, a political analyst and journalist.
The ME Council and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) held a webinar to examine the significance and implications of the Saudi-Iran agreement. The discussion addressed vital questions: what are the drivers behind this historical agreement? What obstacles remain in terms of implementing the agreement and how might they be addressed? How have China’s mediation efforts shaped the agreement, and how might this affect Saudi and Iranian relations with China and other global powers, namely Russia and the United States? And what implications might the warming of ties have for ongoing conflicts in the region, particularly the wars in Yemen and Syria?
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces complex issues, including conflict, inequality, and water scarcity, amid intensifying geopolitical competition and threat multipliers such as climate change. Think tanks play a critical role in generating policy solutions to these issues but must work creatively and collaboratively to navigate the uncertain terrain. Moreover, think tanks themselves face challenges, from connecting with decision-makers to securing operational resources while maintaining their autonomy. In response to these challenges, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) convened a roundtable think tank leaders from across the region. The roundtable consisted of five sessions held at the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). The distinguished participants assessed the opportunities and risks confronting their think tanks and the region.
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) hosted a webinar on March 15, 2023, in collaboration with Kedge Business School, examining how the war in Ukraine has impacted Russia’s presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Experts examined key issues pertaining to the war, including regional states’ geopolitical posturing, evolving Russian economic relations with the region, and the emerging risks and opportunities for the region as the war continues. Galip Dalay, nonresident senior fellow at the ME Council, moderated the discussion. The expert panelists included Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council; Hannah Notte, senior research associate with the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation (VCDNP); and Hamidreza Azizi, visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) hosted a webinar on February 28, 2023, examining the extent to which the devastating earthquakes that struck Türkiye and Syria on February 6 will shape the domestic and regional political orders in the period ahead. The webinar convened a panel of Turkish and Syrian domestic and foreign policy experts to address key issues, including the impact of the crisis on regional security and how the international community can accelerate the reconstruction process. Ranj Alaaldin, fellow at the ME Council, moderated the discussion. The expert panelists included Sara Kayyali, a human rights lawyer and analyst; Piotr Zalewski, Turkey correspondent for The Economist; and Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.
With the World Cup now over, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) in collaboration with the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University is convening a panel to discuss the potential legacies of the tournament, addressing key questions about the event’s political impacts…
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) held a virtual workshop on November 16, 2022, to reflect on issues of transparency and right to information (RTI) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This discussion followed an initial online workshop on governance reform held on June 30, 2022. The second workshop was attended by distinguished former policymakers, scholars, and experts who assessed the region’s transparency track record and charted pathways forward. The discussion was moderated by Tarik M. Yousef, senior fellow and director of the ME Council, and Robert P. Beschel Jr., nonresident senior fellow at the ME Council.
Turkey is recalibrating its regional policy. On the one hand, Ankara is pursuing a policy of de-escalation and reset towards its erstwhile antagonists, namely Arab-Gulf states and Israel. On the other hand, the dynamics of escalation are clearly on display in Turkey’s policy towards Iraq, Syria, and regional Kurdish geopolitics. Furthermore, more confrontation appears to be looming on the horizon in Turkey’s relations with Iran and Greece. Finally, these policy trends are unfolding against the backdrop of upcoming elections and an economic downturn in Turkey.
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) co-hosted the 18th Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum on November 18, 200 in Seoul, Korea, in partnership with the Korea-Arab Society (KAS) and Jeju Peace Institute (JPI), the event was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. First launched in 2003, this forum is a track 1.5 forum held annually in Korea and countries in the Middle East alternately and attended by both private and public sectors. The 19th forum will be held next year in Doha.
Since Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country has faced relentless international scrutiny of its labor policies. Major media outlets have called on both Qatar and FIFA to better safeguard migrant worker welfare. Over the past decade, Qatar has enacted a series of significant reforms and established a cooperation programme with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2018, placing it at the forefront of regional efforts to improve the lives of migrant workers. Yet, despite these efforts, international organizations continue to mount criticism of the reforms’ implementation and to question their durability after the World Cup. From within the country, citizens have expressed concern about media misinformation and portrayals that hold Qatar to a different standard than previous World Cup hosts.
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs in Doha (Council), in partnership with the Arab Barometer, hosted a webinar discussion on October 31, 2022 about the growing challenge of food insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The event convened a panel of experts from the region to reflect on the following questions among others: Is there a new regional order in the making in the Middle East? If so, what are the features of this order? If not, what is on the horizon for the region? How are regional escalation and de-escalation political dynamics evolving? How is great power competition shaping regional politics and how does the region respond to it?
The webinar will examine ongoing efforts to form a government, the future of the post-2003 political order, and the role outside actors, like the United States and Iran, can play to de-escalate tensions.
The Middle East Council on Global Affairs convened its first webinar with a panel of experts to discuss the present and future of the Gaza Strip.
The Middle East Council held a virtual workshop on June 30, 2022, to reflect on shifting governance dynamics in the MENA region since the publication of the 2002 Arab Human Development Report (AHDR).
The Brookings Doha Center (BDC) hosted a webinar discussion on April 14, 2020 about the economic challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Governance reforms in the Arab world.
The implications of Al-Ula Summit that took place in Saudi Arabia
France’s evolving policy on the public and political manifestations of Islam.
Panelists focused on how Gulf states have fared, poverty region wide, and finally the importance of public trust in allowing for an effective government response.
Palestine and the Arab world
The concerning political and economic situation in Lebanon
Turkey’s ambitious foreign policy strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
The Brookings Doha Center (BDC) hosted a keynote event on March 4, 2020 featuring Sihem Bensedrine, the president of the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission