• Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The Gulf

    The GCC Reconciliation: An Assessment

    Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held their 41st summit meeting on January 5, 2021 in al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, and agreed to end the Gulf crisis that…

  • Policy Analysis
    TunisiaDemocracy and Governance

    As 2021 Begins, Rival Populisms Menace Tunisia’s Democracy

    Jan 8, 2021Daniel Brumberg

    Ten years after Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution” sparked grassroots uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, the pressures of an economic crisis, rampant c…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The Gulf

    Saudi Arabia Ends the GCC Crisis

    Jan 7, 2021Imad K. Harb

    It finally happened: the GCC crisis is seemingly over. The 41st summit meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) succeeded in surmounting the three-and-a-h…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    US-Iran Relations Loom as Biden’s First Foreign Policy Test

    When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in later this month, he will be tasked with immediately addressing a rampaging public health crisis, a shaky economy, a…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfUS Foreign Policy

    The Biden Administration’s Foreign Policy: Key Features and Likely Changes

    Jan 6, 2021Unit for Political Studies

    Having won the American presidential election, and despite incumbent President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede, Democratic candidate and President-elect Joe …

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelEducation and Development

    Building a Nation without a State: Civil Society in Palestine

    Dec 23, 2020Yara M. Asi

    Never before has the Palestinian Authority (PA) seemed so isolated. American policy under President Donald Trump has unprecedentedly and openly been favorable …

  • Policy Analysis
    SomaliaSecurity and Defense

    Increasing Contestation over the Red Sea and Horn of Africa

    Growing international and regional involvement in the Red Sea-Horn of Africa theater has made this area a potential hot spot that is somewhat reminiscent of Be…

  • Washington Policy Weekly

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Dec 23, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    On December 21st, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez (D-New Je…

  • Viewpoint
    MoroccoJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Morocco’s Unmissed Opportunity in the Western Sahara

    Dec 21, 2020Mohamed Daadaoui

    In a final act by his administration, President Donald Trump announced that Morocco and Israel will normalize relations, making the kingdom the fourth Arab cou…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Foreign Policy

    The Limits of American Multilateral Diplomacy in the Middle East

    Dec 21, 2020Daniel Brumberg

    Perhaps the hardest among the many challenges that the new Biden Administration will face is renewing the spirit and practice of multilateral diplomacy in regi…

  • Policy Analysis
    Media and Technology

    Media Use and Its Anomalies a Decade after the Arab Spring

    Dec 18, 2020Sahar Khamis

    When the Arab Spring movements erupted in at least six Arab countries in 2011––Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain––they were accompanied by high …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Dec 16, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    On December 9, the full Senate voted on a pair of joint resolutions (see here and here) that looked to block the Trump Administration from moving forward with …

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqClimate and Environment

    Mitigating Conflict over Water in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin

    Dec 15, 2020Yoseph Hamid

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA)—the most water-scarce region in the world—has arguably borne the brunt of climate change in the planet. Nowhere is this…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Foreign Policy

    The Biden Administration and US Foreign Policy Decision-Making

    Dec 15, 2020Joe Macaron

    President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration will have a lasting impact on the American foreign policy decision-making process, most notably when it com…

  • Policy Analysis
    SudanUS Foreign Policy

    The Biden Presidency Could Help Democratic Transition in Sudan

    Dec 15, 2020Abdelkhalig Shaib

    When former Vice President Joe Biden won the election following four tumultuous years under President Donald Trump, the Sudanese government and people had a qu…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Ending Palestinian-Israeli Coordination Is Hard to Do

    Dec 15, 2020Jonathan Kuttab

    On November 17, the Palestinian Authority’s minister for Israeli affairs, Hussein Al Sheikh announced on Twitter that the PA decided to resume coordination wit…

  • Policy Analysis
    MoroccoUS Foreign Policy

    Morocco, Too, Signs on to Trump’s Lawlessness

    Dec 11, 2020Imad K. Harb

    Morocco became the fourth Arab country to normalize relations with Israel without linking the move to progress regarding Palestine. In fact, the agreement had …

  • Policy Analysis
    TurkeyUS Foreign Policy

    What Awaits US-Turkey Relations in the Biden Era?

    Dec 9, 2020Mustafa Gurbuz

    A few weeks before the November elections, a video clip of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden went viral in Turkey and caused a stir inside the Turkish gove…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Dec 9, 2020Esra Gurcay Yoseph Hamid

    I. Congress1) Hearings and BriefingsHouse of Representatives Passes Resolution Condemning Iran’s Persecution of Its Bahai Minority and Its Violations of Human …

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanUS Foreign Policy

    Will Biden Help to Restore Jordan’s Position in the Middle East?

    Dec 8, 2020Curtis Ryan

    Jordan’s relations with the United States are almost as old as the kingdom itself, with the country enjoying a generally strengthening relationship over the ye…

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaUS Foreign Policy

    Biden Has a New Opportunity in Syria

    Dec 7, 2020Radwan Ziadeh

    The exceptional nature of the 2020 American presidential election, held in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed over a quarter million…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Biden and Correcting the Course of Relations with Palestine

    Dec 4, 2020Zaha Hassan

    Palestinians let out a collective sigh of relief following confirmation that former Vice President Joe Biden won the US presidential election. Though the Pales…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    Biden and Israel: The Constraints Are Plentiful

    Dec 4, 2020Yousef Munayyer

    As inauguration nears and President-elect Joe Biden assembles his cabinet and broader domestic and foreign policy teams, they collectively stare at four years …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Dec 3, 2020Esra Gurcay Yoseph Hamid

    I. Congress1) Hearings and BriefingsSenate Foreign Relations Committee Holds Hearing on UAE Arms Sales. Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met o…

  • Policy Analysis
    North AfricaUS Foreign Policy

    The Complications Confronting Biden in Northwest Africa

    Dec 2, 2020Imad K. Harb

    Following four years of American disarray and the absence of an effective foreign policy, the Joe Biden presidency faces both serious challenges in dealing wit…

  • Policy Analysis
    LibyaUS Foreign Policy

    Biden’s Challenges in Stabilizing Libya

    Dec 2, 2020Karim Mezran Emadeddin Badi

    Upon assuming power, President Joe Biden and his administration will face a still-chaotic Libya despite the many political maneuverings afoot among Libyans and…

  • Policy Analysis
    EgyptUS Foreign Policy

    The Biden Administration and Egypt: A New Course or Business as Usual?

    Dec 1, 2020Khalil Al-Anani

    Since the announcement of Joe Biden’s victory in the US election, a state of anxiety and unease has gripped Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi will now lose…

  • Policy Analysis
    TunisiaUS Foreign Policy

    What Can Tunisia Expect from a Biden Administration?

    Dec 1, 2020Sarah Yerkes

    Like most of its North African neighbors, Tunisia saw little attention from the Trump Administration, compared to other parts of the Middle East such as Egypt,…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    The Fight for the Post-Trump Future of US-Saudi Relations Begins

    Nov 25, 2020

    Over the last few weeks, Arab Center Washington DC has chronicled how the Trump Administration has angled to cement its Middle East policy in such a way that P…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Foreign Policy

    Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Biden Agenda

    Nov 25, 2020Charles W. Dunne

    As news that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the American presidential election began to circulate on Saturday, November 7, messages of congratulations…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfThe GCC

    The Biden Presidency and the Gulf Arab States

    Assessing the Biden Administration’s future relations with the Gulf, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen writes that it faces a set of difficult challenges on a number o…

  • Viewpoint
    Saudi ArabiaConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    MbS Also Gets Nothing for Normalizing with Israel

    Nov 23, 2020Imad K. Harb

    Once again, Arab solidarity with the Palestinian cause suffered a setback. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) reportedly met with Israeli Pr…

  • Policy Analysis
    YemenUS Foreign Policy

    Yemen May Be a Priority for Biden and the Democrats

    As President-elect Joe Biden assembles his team and sets his priorities for the next four years, there has been much speculation as to what he will focus on in…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqUS Foreign Policy

    Biden and Iraq: A Chance to Address Past Mistakes

    Nov 20, 2020Nabeel A. Khoury

    The Biden Administration is likely to change a few policies in the Middle East while keeping others essentially the same. Iran, long considered an adversary, i…

  • Washington Policy Weekly

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Nov 19, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    House Expected to Pass Bills on Libya, Iraq, East Africa. The House suspended rules for the consideration of legislation and passed bills and resolutions relat…

  • Viewpoint
    Morocco

    Does Arab Public Opinion on Palestine Still Count in 2020?

    Nov 18, 2020Khalil E. Jahshan

    Although public opinion research in the Arab world has evolved significantly in recent years, it does not seem to be taken seriously by American policymakers i…

  • Viewpoint
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfDemocracy and Governance

    Arab Public Opinion on National Security and Foreign Intervention

    Nov 17, 2020Joe Macaron

    The Arab League celebrated its 75th anniversary this year in the midst of regional politics that have never been more polarized, with continuous foreign interv…

  • Public Opinion Survey
    Public Opinion

    The 2019-2020 Arab Opinion Index: Main Results in Brief

    Nov 16, 2020

    The 2019-2020 Arab Opinion Index is based on the findings of face-to-face interviews conducted with 28,288 individual respondents in 13 Arab countries: Algeria…

  • Policy Analysis
    Security and Defense

    Military Institutions and Poor Governance in the Arab World

    Nov 16, 2020Imad K. Harb

    The latest Arab Opinion Index (AOI) from the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) in Doha, Qatar, reveals an interesting combination of views ab…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Foreign Policy

    A Prognosis for American Involvement in the Middle East

    Nov 14, 2020Kenneth Katzman

    There is little doubt that the American approach to the Middle East has been undergoing significant change and will continue to do so. This trend might represe…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelUS Foreign Policy

    The Trump Term: An Israel-Palestine Damage Assessment

    Nov 11, 2020Yousef Munayyer

    Shortly after he was elected as president in November 2016, Donald Trump quickly got to work on advancing his Israel policy. In fact, he might have focused mor…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Trump’s Parting Gift: No Diplomacy with Iran

    Nov 11, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    On October 28, Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) published a report detailing how the Trump Administration was accelerating action in favor of Israel and against…

  • Policy Analysis
    LebanonDemocracy and Governance

    Lebanon Risks Becoming Irrelevant

    Nov 11, 2020Imad K. Harb

    For the third time in the span of a year, Lebanese politicians are trying to go back to the proverbial drawing board. On October 22nd, President Michel Aoun ap…

  • Policy Analysis
    Public Opinion

    How Do People in the Middle East View the US Presidential Election?

    With the United States playing a major role in Middle East politics, US presidential elections are usually of utmost importance to the region’s leaders, elites…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    Iran and the World Wait for Biden

    Nov 5, 2020Daniel Brumberg

    Iranian leaders have insisted that the November 3rd US elections would have no real significance for Iran’s basic interests. But such assertions should not be …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    In response to the Trump Administration’s informal notification of its intent to sell 50, F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates, a group of House Democrats ann…

  • Policy Analysis
    UAEUS Foreign Policy

    The Middle East Accords: An Arab Perspective

    Nov 2, 2020Imad K. Harb

    The recent agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Sudan will not help the cause of regional peace.On August 13, President D…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqDemocracy and Governance

    Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s Iraq: Challenges and Prospects

    Nov 2, 2020Abbas Kadhim

    The Iraqi Council of Representatives voted to confirm Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on May 7, 2020, after two aborted attempts to replace his predecessor, …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Trump Administration Sprints to Make Foreign Policy Irreversible before Elections

    Oct 28, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    Tens of millions of American voters have already cast their ballots for president and there is less than one week before Election Day 2020. With warning signs …

  • Policy Analysis
    Security and Defense

    As US Counterterrorism Policy Focus Wavers, a Thorough Review Is Needed

    Oct 28, 2020Charles W. Dunne

    The struggle to defeat global terrorism has been a dominant issue in the last four presidential elections, but not so in 2020. As the race between Donald Trump…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelGlobal Health and Health Policy

    Another Test of Palestinian Sumud: COVID-19 in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem

    Oct 27, 2020Yara M. Asi

    As the world has endured the crushing outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past seven months, a common refrain often heard is that “the virus knows no bo…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Oct 22, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    On October 20, Senators Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) introduced S. 4814 (see text here) in an effort to maintain Israel’s qu…

  • Policy Analysis
    EgyptProtests and Activism

    Protests of the Poor in Egypt: Causes and Implications

    Oct 21, 2020Khalil Al-Anani

    On September 20th, a series of anti-government demonstrations broke out in a number of Egyptian governorates and villages protesting the social and economic co…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Oct 15, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    On October 13, the Stimson Center held a virtual discussion about the United States’ arms sales practices and, among other things, how Congress could act to pr…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Where Can Palestinian Leaders Turn as Gulf Arabs Turn Away?

    Oct 15, 2020Yousef Munayyer

    The recent normalization agreements between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel have sent shock waves throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds and ha…

  • Policy Analysis
    SudanUS Foreign Policy

    US Presses Sudan to Normalize Relations with Israel

    The Trump Administration is holding up the removal of Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list because it wants Khartoum to establish diplomatic t…

  • Policy Analysis
    LebanonConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Prospects of US Mediation in the Lebanon-Israel Border Talks

    Oct 14, 2020Joe Macaron

    On October 14, Lebanon and Israel started the long-awaited US-mediated talks to demarcate their maritime borders under the supervision of the United Nations. T…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    The full House Foreign Affairs Committee held a markup session this week where members considered, amended, and passed a slate of bills relevant to US policy i…

  • Policy Analysis
    Regional Relations and Geopolitics

    The Arab League’s Many Failures

    Over its 75-year history, the 22-member League of Arab States (LAS) has declined as an organization—from one that represents and pushes for collective, purpose…

  • Policy Analysis
    US Domestic Politics and Elections

    US Foreign Policy in the 2020 Elections: Bold Choices in the Middle East

    Oct 7, 2020Charles W. Dunne

    The 2020 US presidential campaign has been driven by a few key issues—the pandemic and its damaging economic effects, massive protests in favor of racial justi…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    I. Congress1) LegislationSAFEGUARD Act. Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced S. 4712—the Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Exports, or SAFEGUARD A…

  • Policy Analysis
    UAEReligion and Politics

    The UAE’s Manipulative Utilization of Religion

    Sep 29, 2020Khalil Al-Anani

    The August announcement of normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has led to a backlash among Arabs and Muslims around the wor…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    As the Presidential Election Approaches, Washington Shifts Focus to Iran

    Sep 23, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    With just over 40 days remaining until the November 3rd presidential election, President Donald Trump is planning to use foreign policy accomplishments to bols…

  • Policy Analysis
    The Arabian Peninsula and The GulfUS Foreign Policy

    Saudi Arabia Prefers Implicit Normalization with Israel

    Sep 18, 2020Daniel Brumberg

    Signed at the White House on September 15, the new peace agreements between Israel on the one side and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the other …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    As Trump Touts Gulf Arab Diplomacy, Congress Questions US-Saudi Relations

    Sep 16, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    Gulf Arab states were at the forefront of Washington’s attention this week. The Trump Administration was in a celebratory mood, touting Bahrain’s decision to n…

  • Policy Analysis
    LebanonRegional Relations and Geopolitics

    The French Initiative in Lebanon: Endgame and Challenges

    Sep 16, 2020Joe Macaron

    French President Emmanuel Macron has been leading a charm offensive in Lebanon since the August 4th Beirut explosion as Paris seeks to reinvigorate its role in…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanRegional Relations and Geopolitics

    Egypt-Iraq-Jordan Alliance Tries to Change Middle East Dynamics

    Sep 16, 2020Curtis R. Ryan

    On August 25, 2020, the leaders of Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan met in Amman for the third in a succession of meetings marking ever-closer relations between the thr…

  • Policy Analysis
    North AfricaGlobal Health and Health Policy

    North African Autocrats Use the Pandemic to Expand Power, Settle Scores

    Sep 15, 2020Charles W. Dunne

    Many months have passed since the novel coronavirus epidemic began, with wide-ranging and often devastating health, economic, and social ramifications. The pol…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Sep 10, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced S. 4554 allowing for compensation to the victims and families of victims of Libyan state-sponsored terrorism. The te…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanEducation and Development

    Teachers’ Anger Reflects Jordan’s Economic and Political Strains

    The crackdown on the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate this summer is in many ways emblematic of mounting political and economic problems facing the Hashemite Kingd…

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaRegional Relations and Geopolitics

    Russian-Turkish-Iranian Cross-Purposes on Syria’s Future

    Sep 8, 2020Daniel Brumberg

    On August 24, the United Nations-sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings reconvened in Geneva. UN Envoy Geir Peterson, the chair of the meeting, dec…

  • Viewpoint
    UAESecurity and Defense

    Comments on the UAE’s Acquisition of the F-35

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have condoned the sale of the advanced American F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the United Arab Emirates afte…

  • Policy Analysis
    SyriaConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Spinning the Wheels: Syria’s Useless Political Negotiations

    Sep 2, 2020Radwan Ziadeh

    Radwan Ziadeh contends that the many rounds of negotiations to resolve the Syrian crisis have failed because of the imbalance of power between the Syrian regim…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    On August 26, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-New York), participated in a virtual briefing on the effects of the Caes…

  • Viewpoint
    LebanonDemocracy and Governance

    Lebanon Chooses a Prime Minister, Thwarting the Protesters Again

    Aug 31, 2020Imad K. Harb

    Imad K. Harb writes that Lebanon’s new and largely unknown prime minister-designate, Mustafa Adib, is relatively inexperienced in politics. Nevertheless, his c…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/Israel

    The Collapsing Arab Consensus and Options for the Palestinian Leadership

    Aug 28, 2020Yousef Munayyer

    Yousef Munayyer argues that Palestinians cannot rely on outside actors to help them in their struggle, and that their leadership must harness or rebuild endoge…

  • Policy Analysis
    EgyptViolent Extremism

    Egypt’s Counterterrorism Strategy in Sinai: Challenges and Failures

    Aug 28, 2020Khalil Al-Anani

    Looking at Egypt’s counterterrorism strategy against the Sinai insurgency, Khalil al-Anani writes that it is counterproductive and creates fertile ground for e…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    US Foreign Policy

    Secretary Pompeo Mixes Business and Politics on Diplomatic Tour

    Aug 26, 2020Marcus Montgomery

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo embarked on a five-state diplomatic tour this week, partly to revel in the so-called “historic” agreement reached between Israel…

  • Policy Analysis
    LebanonRegional Relations and Geopolitics

    After the Beirut Blast: Hezbollah and Iran Walk a Tricky Line

    Aug 26, 2020Daniel Brumberg

    Daniel Brumberg argues that Hezbollah and Iran are vested in preserving the current political system in Lebanon whose confessional institutions enable the part…

  • Policy Analysis
    LebanonUS Foreign Policy

    How Can the United States Best Help Lebanon?

    Aug 25, 2020Charles W. Dunne

    With Lebanon in crisis and the United States’ desire to help, Charles W. Dunne writes that Washington’s focus on sidelining Hezbollah and Iran should not under…