Egypt, Israel, and the Levant

Political, economic, and security trends in Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan

Syria’s decade-long conflict continues to destabilize the Levant. Syria remains an arena for proxy wars by external forces, millions of Syrians experience protracted displacement in the region, and compounding crises in Syria and Lebanon indicate prolonged economic hardship. Meanwhile, Israel’s new relationships with Arab states are creating new opportunities, while it seeks to manage enduring threats from Iran and its proxies in the Levant. The Middle East Program analyzes the evolving political, geopolitical, and humanitarian dynamics in the Levant and Egypt, providing analysis and recommendations for U.S. policy.

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Running Dry: Exploring the Water Crisis in Syria

Please join the Middle East Program for an event that sheds light on the water crisis in Syria and explores its effects on local communities with a focus on the political, financial, and social obstacles to alleviating water insecurity.

Event by Natasha Hall, Marjolaine Bos, Simav Hassan, Marie Schellens, Peter Schwartzstein, and Nadeen Taha

Israel-Hamas War


Audio Brief: A Different Two-State Solution

With violence between Palestinians and Israelis at its highest levels in decades, reviving the idea of a two-state solution will require redefining the terms "two," "state," and "solution."

Podcast Episode by Jon B. Alterman — February 13, 2024

a split screen of rocket attacks in Gaza and a Ukrainian soldier

2024 Global Forecast: Conflict Zones

Digital Report by Mark F. Cancian, Max Bergmann, and Maria Snegovaya, Romina Bandura, Kathleen McInnis, Elizabeth Hoffman, Eliot A. Cohen, Daniel Byman, Jon B. Alterman, Natasha Hall, Emily Harding, Craig Cohen, Alex Kisling — February 2, 2024

The Truth of the Matter

Hamas' Hostages

Podcast Episode by H. Andrew Schwartz, Jon B. Alterman, and Jason Rezaian