Middle East

The Middle East Program heads CSIS’s work on the region, which analyzes a wide range of political, security, and socioeconomic issues related to the Middle East and North Africa, with special attention to the ways that changes in the Middle East and North Africa have effects beyond the region.


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Middle East Notes and Comment: Saudi Arabia Steps Out

By paying so much attention to China in the recent Saudi-Iran deal, Americans risk missing the most important part of this agreement: the changing regional role of Saudi Arabia.

Newsletter by Jon B. Alterman — March 24, 2023

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Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program