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