Middle East Program
The CSIS Middle East Program focuses on the drivers of change in the region. We aim to be primarily "opportunity driven" rather than "threat driven," seeking out opportunities for positive change rather than merely reacting to crises.The CSIS Middle East Program focuses most of 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. Our current work addresses topics including political, social, and economic change in North Africa, Asian strategies toward the Middle East, shifting dynamics in the Gulf, and challenges related to radicalism and insurgencies. At the same time, the Middle East Program pays special attention to regional trends, key states, and non-state actors.
We publish a monthly newsletter, Middle East Notes and Comment, that analyzes current events, regular analysis papers, and in both the academic and popular press. We host roundtables and conferences and appear on leading national and international news outlets.
Tunisia: Radicalism Abroad and at Home
Tunisia is at the forefront of an evolving struggle against radicalism and jihadi-salafi violence. Tunisians make up one of the largest groups of fighters joining the Islamic State group and al Qaeda affiliates in Syria and Libya.
Within Tunisia, radicalized individuals and cells have launched dozens of terrorist attacks since 2011. Why is the country that sparked the Arab uprisings and is on a path to more representative government facing such a direct threat of radicalism?
CSIS’s Haim Malka and Margo Balboni examine this question in an interactive website that tells the story of how and why thousands of young Tunisians joined jihadi-salafi groups after the 2011 uprisings.