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.
Making Choices: The Future of the U.S.-Egyptian Relationship
The changes of the last five years have shaken the U.S.-Egyptian relationship to its core. In this report, CSIS’s Jon Alterman examines the interests that a close bilateral relationship serves and also highlights the consequences of a different kind of U.S.-Egyptian relationship.
No policy is without costs or drawbacks, but U.S. policymakers need to understand both the likely results of maintaining close ties with Egypt and the likely results of alternatives.