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July 7, 2022

Israel
7/7 CFR Virtual Press Briefing: Previewing Biden's Trip to the Middle East

ROBBINS: Thanks so much. Hi. I’m Carla Robbins. I’m a senior fellow here at the Council, and I also run a master’s program at the City University of New York and I am a fallen journalist. Anyway, …

Play President Joe Biden gives remarks following a meeting with the Israeli President

November 18, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

January 27, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Conflicts Aren’t Done With the Emirates

Just when the United Arab Emirates thought it was done with focusing on foreign policy, they’re getting pulled back in.

The Burj Khalifa (C) skyscraper is seen as the sun sets over Dubai October 5, 2010.

January 19, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021

July 7, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Trip, Meeting With AMLO, and More

U.S. President Joe Biden visits Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia and prepares for a meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom reacts to the resi…

Podcast U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by Saudi Foreign Minister Price Saud Al-Faisal upon his arrival at Riyadh airbase from his 2011 visit as Vice President

January 20, 2022

Religion
The Future of U.S.-Middle East Relations

Vali R. Nasr, the Majid Khadduri professor of Middle East studies and international affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Affairs, discusses the prospects and consequ…

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May 10, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Reaction to the Invasion of Ukraine, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast A girl holds a sign as she attends a rally in support of Ukraine, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at Safra Square in Jerusalem, February 28, 2022.

November 8, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Religious Freedom in the Middle East

Our panelists examine religious freedom in the Middle East, how international organizations and the United States have responded to the persecution of religious minorities in the past, and what can b…

Play Orthodox Christian woman lighting a torch at the Holy Fire Ceremony in Jerusalem

August 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

February 26, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.