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Centers & Programs

Middle East Program

The Middle East program provides cutting-edge analysis of the emerging political, economic, and social trends in the world's most volatile region, offering insights and recommendations about the Middle East, its history, the sources of its current instability, and where it might be headed. Washington, DC, continues to import oil from the Persian Gulf, guarantee Israel's security, and preserve regional stability, even as regional leaders question its political will to remain a power in the region.
Middle East Program

Program Experts

Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies (ON LEAVE)

Henri J. Barkey

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

Robert D. Blackwill

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

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

Philip H. Gordon

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

Martin S. Indyk

Distinguished Fellow

Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Ray Takeyh

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies

  • Israel

    The symposium held on December 2, 2019 analyzed the consequences of U.S. retrenchment for the future of Israel and the Middle East. For more than four decades, the United States has played a large part in the Middle East regional order. However, it is now pulling back from the region in a manner that has generated uncertainty and insecurity for America’s allies and partners. The event convened experts to discuss whether Israel is in a particularly exposed position given its traditional dependence on the United States.  The event was cosponsored with Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).