Middle East and North Africa

Experts in this Region

Elliott Abrams
Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Henri J. Barkey
Henri J. Barkey

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

Robert D. Blackwill
Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy

Steven A. Cook
Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies and Director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars

Martin S. Indyk
Martin S. Indyk

Distinguished Fellow

Gideon Rose
Gideon Rose

Mary and David Boies Distinguished Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy

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