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Drone footage of Lake Sawa in Iraq.

Surviving Scarcity: Water and the Future of the Middle East

Human civilization was born out of the Middle East’s waterways. That water is disappearing, threatening the region’s future. To overcome this threat to security, countries will need to finally confront the political obstacles to sustainable and equitable policies. 

Digital Report by Natasha Hall — March 22, 2024

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Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

The Unique Promise of Environmental Cooperation in the Gulf

Environmental issues hold unique promise for fostering negotiation and cooperation in the Gulf. A new CSIS brief explores the potential of environmental diplomacy to bring broader geopolitical benefits.

Brief by Will Todman, Lubna Yousef, and Mennah Abdelwahab — July 11, 2023

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Middle East Notes and Comment


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Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Jon B. Alterman for Foreign Affairs: A Détente Option for Iran

Jon Alterman delves into U.S.-Iran relations, exposing the failures of deterrence and advocating for a nuanced, strategic response to foster stability and predictability amid ongoing tensions in the Middle East.

Commentary by Jon B. Alterman — April 3, 2024

Mezze: Assorted Stories from the Middle East


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Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images

The Bonds of Marriage between Syria and Iraq

Josh Phillips discusses the increasing number of Syrian women marrying Iraqi militia fighters leading to exploitation and abuse. Read more about why these marriages take place and the impact of gender-based discrimination and economic insecurity on women's lives.

Blog Post by Josh Phillips — May 1, 2024

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Newsletter by Martin Pimentel — October 24, 2023