The Belt and Road Initiative Ten Years On: Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects for China-Middle East Cooperation

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) co-hosted a workshop titled “The Belt and Road Initiative Ten Years On: Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects for China-Middle East Cooperation” in partnership with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). The event took place on April 25-26, 2024, at SASS.

Looking Forward: Assessing Conflict Trajectories in the Middle East

To explore the future trajectories of conflict in the region, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council), in collaboration with the Middle East Institute (MEI), will host a public panel discussion. Experts will explore regional de-escalation and conflict resolution efforts amidst the war on Gaza.

The Middle East Reset Amid the War on Gaza

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs is hosting a webinar to analyze the shifting regional order amid Israel’s brutal military campaign in Gaza and in the wake of Iran-Israel escalation.

Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

Iran’s influence in the Middle East has been a subject of intense scrutiny and analysis in recent years, as the country continues to play a pivotal role in shaping regional dynamics and global geopolitics. Situated at the crossroads of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, Iran boasts a rich cultural heritage and a long history of regional influence. From historical trade routes to modern-day strategic alliances and conflicts, Iran’s actions and policies have far-reaching implications for the stability and security of the Middle East.

Unfolding Tragedy: Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis

More than six months into the war between Israel and Hamas, the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is every day more severe. More than 33,000 Palestinians have been killed, and over 75% of the total population has been displaced. Aid agencies agree that a famine is now imminent. Aid delivery has long been hindered by restrictions and concrete challenges on the ground, while the lives of humanitarian workers are endangered. This event delves into the crisis affecting the Gaza Strip, focusing on the humanitarian impact of the conflict, the management of aid in the Strip, and the politisation of humanitarian efforts since the outbreak of the conflict.

Annual Suhoor: Voices from the Arab Diaspora: Public intellectuals, Literature, and Exile

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) hosted a Suhoor Gala, featuring a panel discussion featuring prominent Arab writers and public intellectuals who address various issues concerning the Arab world from their perspectives in the diaspora. The panel discussed topics such as identities, hyphenated identities, how their status as Arab exiles influences their writing, and their position in both historical and contemporary contexts of Arab intellectuals in exile or the diaspora.

Japan and the GCC: Towards a Comprehensive Partnership

The Middle East Council of Global Affairs (ME Council) convened a panel of experts who touched on the historical foundations of Japan-GCC ties, the economic interdependence between both regions, and the evolving strategic and geopolitical considerations shaping this critical partnership.

The Doha Global South Health Policy Initiative

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, have officially launched the Doha Global South Health Policy Initiative. To kick off this initiative, a high-level panel discussion titled “Enhancing Primary Healthcare Access in the Global South: Challenges and Solutions” was held on February 19, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Doha. The event brought together representatives from nine low-and-middle-income Countries (LMICs) in Africa and Asia, alongside international experts and key stakeholders from Qatar, including the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar Fund for Development, Qatar University, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Palestine Has Become a Global Crisis – Does It Have a Global Solution?

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) organized a plenary discussion at the Doha Forum titled “Palestine Has Become a Global Crisis – Does It Have a Global Solution?” The plenary was moderated by Becky Anderson, managing editor and anchor of Connect the World at CNN, and included Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi, minister… Continue reading Palestine Has Become a Global Crisis – Does It Have a Global Solution?

Asia and the GCC: A Deepening Partnership

As the economic weight of the world shifts towards Asia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is deepening ties with Asia’s biggest economies, including China, South Korea, Japan and India.

The Middle East’s Fragile Reset: What Future?

As part of the 2023 Doha Forum, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs held a panel discussion titled “The Middle East’s Fragile Reset: What Future?”

Gaza’s Unfolding Tragedy: Palestinian and Regional Perspectives

In response to these tragic events, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (ME Council) in partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut hosted a webinar to offer Palestinian and regional perspectives. What is Israel’s endgame as it begins a military ground invasion? Does Hamas and the larger Palestinian national movement have a strategy? Is the regionalization of this conflict inevitable? How will the broader international community respond, and what are the geopolitical implications beyond the region? 

A Pending Crisis? Global Economic Slowdown in the MENA Region

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.

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

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.  

Twenty Years of Governance Reforms in MENA: A Retrospective Analysis with Prospective Implications

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).

After the Al-Ula Summit: Prospects for a GCC Rapprochement

The implications of Al-Ula Summit that took place in Saudi Arabia

Staring into the Abyss: Where does Lebanon go from here?

The concerning political and economic situation in Lebanon

Deciphering Turkey’s new regional policy

Turkey’s ambitious foreign policy strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

Justice to Come? Tunisia Truth and Dignity Commission

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