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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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Books and Reports


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Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

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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Photo: Universal Images Group North America LLC / Alamy Stock Photo

Photo: Universal Images Group North America LLC / Alamy Stock Photo

Middle East Notes and Comment


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Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

Israel’s Not-Quite-Founder’s Syndrome

As Israel becomes increasingly bogged down in Gaza, Jon Alterman argues that Israeli leadership does not have a strategy to exit the conflict.

Commentary by Jon B. Alterman — March 11, 2024

Mezze: Assorted Stories from the Middle East


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Photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images

Chat GPMufti

AI is playing an increasing role among Muslim institutions in the MENA region. This trend, however, has left many uneasy. In this mezze, Marty Pimentel discusses the future role of AI in religious institutions throughout the region. 

Newsletter by Martin Pimentel — October 24, 2023