The Council’s Foreign Policy and Security program contributes to the MENA region’s stability and security through independent analysis of key foreign policy issues impacting the region.

The program focuses on analyzing relationships between states in the region, as well as relations with external powers such as the United States, China, Russia, and Europe.

The program conducts research, convenes meetings, workshops, and forums, and engages with regional and international institutions to facilitate regional dialogue and cooperation.


The Foreign Policy and Security program currently focuses on the following themes:

Gulf Foreign Policy and Security

Intra-Gulf relations

Relations with regional powers

Relations with global powers

Regional and Global Order

Regional rivalries

Great power competition

Multilateral institutions

Geopolitics of the Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

European-Maghreb relations

Intra-Maghreb relations