Middle East Program
The CSIS Middle East Program focuses its research on the drivers of social and political change in the region. To the greatest degree possible, we seek to be "opportunity driven" rather than "threat driven," seeking out opportunities for positive change rather than merely reacting to crises.
Learn more about the CSIS Middle East Program.
Read Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015. Middle Eastern politics are continuing to churn, blending promise and menace, dynamism and stagnation.
Read Religious Radicalism after the Arab Uprisings. In the Middle East, conflicts that many thought were coming to an end will continue, as will the dynamism and innovation that have emerged among radical and opposition groups.
Watch "Iraq in the Balance." A production of the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy and the CSIS Middle East Program, "Iraq in the Balance" looks at how history, geography, power, and people have shaped Iraq's past and its potential future trajectories.
Original books, reports, commentaries, and newsletters.
Political, economic, and security trends in the GCC states, Iraq, and Iran.
Political, economic, and security trends in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.
Political, economic, and security trends in Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Long-term drivers of change in governance, economics, and development in the region.
Opportunities for positive U.S. engagement in regional security.
Political and social changes underway across the region with insights for U.S. policy.
Internship opportunities with the Middle East Program and advice for job seekers in Middle East policy.
Middle Eastern politics are continuing to churn, blending promise and menace, dynamism and stagnation.
- VideoApr 16, 2015
- AudioApr 16, 2015
BookDec 15, 2014
ReportJul 28, 2015