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May 29, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
Oil and National Security: U.S.-Middle East Relations

Steven Cook discusses the modern history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how economic interests, including secure access to oil reserves, continue to influence U.S. priorities in the regio…

Play US oil refinery at dawn.

June 4, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Policy in the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the United States’ past, present, and future policy in the Mi…

Podcast Members of the U.S. military retire its ceremonial flags signifying the end of their presence in Iraq at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center on December 15, 2011.

June 12, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Fellows’ Book Launch Series: The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East by Steven Cook

In The End of Ambition, Steven A. Cook boldly claims that despite setbacks and moral costs, the United States has had a record of success in the Middle East. Yet, beginning in the 1990s, those achiev…

Play Steven Cook speaks on CFR stage.

June 3, 2024

U.S. Foreign Policy
It Is Time to Renew America’s Purpose in the Middle East, Writes Steven A. Cook in New Book

As the Israel-Hamas war continues and U.S. policymakers seek to contain the conflict and deter Iran, Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) writes in a timely and important new book…

February 28, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
American Military Leadership in the Middle East

Former CENTCOM Commanders David Petraeus and Anthony Zinni discuss the military aspect of the Israel-Hamas war and lessons learned from U.S. involvement and operations in the Middle East.

Play Smoke rises over northern Gaza following Israeli air strikes in Dec 2023.

March 19, 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The Middle East, Cold War, and Emerging Technologies: The Contributions of Henry Kissinger

This symposium explores the trajectory of three critical foreign policy domains that Henry Kissinger, a longtime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, engaged with throughout his career in and …

Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger speaking at the George W. Bush Presidential Center's 2019 Forum on Leadership

March 6, 2024

India
India Strives to Balance Interests in the Middle East

As conflict intensifies in the Middle East, India's government attempts to juggle relations in the region.

Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation bid farewell to Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India at the Presidential Airport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates February 14, 2024.

April 14, 2024

Iran
Iran Attack Means an Even Tougher Balancing Act for the U.S. in the Middle East

The unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel presents U.S. officials with mounting challenges in trying to contain the conflict and maintain a deterrence against Iran and its allies.

October 9, 2023

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Conflict in the Middle East

CFR President Michael Froman leads a town hall discussion with CFR Fellows and members on the current crisis in the Middle East.

Play Missles clashing on October 8, 2023

March 4, 2024

India
New Delhi’s Balancing Act In A Chaotic Middle East

India's diplomacy will be tested if the Gaza war continues indefinitely, or if relations between Israel and Arab nations further decline.

A military vehicle maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Israel, March 4, 2024.