Middle East Program

Umayyad Mosque

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.


Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015Read Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015. Middle Eastern politics are continuing to churn, blending promise and menace, dynamism and stagnation.


Religious Radicalism after the Arab UprisingsRead 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.


Weaving over IraqWatch "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.




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