President Obama’s Senior White House Advisor on ISIS and the Middle East
Internationally acknowledged as one of the most respected experts on the Middle East, Robert Malley was among the Obama administration’s most trusted national security advisors, rising to become Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Regions and Senior Advisor to the President for the critical Counter-ISIS campaign. His more than two decades of experience in national security, counterterrorism, and international negotiations include key roles in both the Obama and Clinton White Houses and the International Crisis Group. Read More >
Culture of Resistance
Fighting ISIS and Terrorism
The Past is Present: The Landscape of the Middle East
The Israeli Palestinian Conflict: How a Two State Solution Can Work
Does the Middle East really matter to the U.S.? Have years of over-engagement entangled the United States in other people’s wars, distracted from its core interests? Has this led it to neglect other critical parts of the world and important domestic priorities, with little obvious gain – and much noticeable pain? Or are we neglecting a region that, through the export of oil, terrorism, and instability, inevitably makes it to our doorsteps even if we choose to ignore theirs? Read More >
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From bipolar to unipolar, the world appears to be heading back to being multipolar, nowhere more plainly than in the Middle East. What does this mean for strategic, political and economic interests around the world? Can a stable equilibrium be found? Or are we on the verge of the next global conflict aimed at restoring a sense of balance and ending the apparent free-for-all? Where are the most likely hot spots? Which are the most likely winners, losers, and left-behind? What will the Middle East look like on the other end of this new scramble for power? Read More >
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The Iran nuclear deal was one of the Obama’s administration’s most significant achievements. Dubbed by President Trump “the worst deal ever negotiated,” it is also one of those most at risk. What went into the deal, what were the behind-the-scenes conflicts, compromises and understandings? What are its weaknesses and what should we expect from the Trump administration? What consequences for business and trade not only with Iran, but also with Iran’s partners? And how might Iran react to renewed US hostility – in terms of Iranian domestic policy and foreign choices?
Even as the world continues to cling to the idea of the two state solution, Israelis and Palestinians seem to decreasingly believe, or even be interested in it. Despite efforts by the U.S. and other mediators—or perhaps because of them—realities on the ground and in people’s minds appear to be veering in another direction. What has been the missing ingredient to date? Is there an alternative other than perpetual conflict? And what does this mean both for the United States, for the Israeli and Palestinian people, and the region's stability?
Even as President Obama promised to lessen America's involvement in the Middle East, his administration found itself pulled back into the region as a result of ISIS's rise. Today, the U.S. is confronting the terrorist organization in various arenas, including Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Egypt. President Trump has vowed to double down, claiming that he will quickly destroy ISIS. More than 15 years after the beginning of the so-called war on terror, what lessons can we draw from the resilience of Al Qaeda and the rise of ISIS? If ISIS is defeated in Iraq and Syria, what should we expect the next chapter to be? And what do America’s choices mean for the rest of the world – for the Middle East, where ISIS was born and is mutating, or for Europe, where ISIS has conducted some of its most vicious attacks? Can other powers devise different approaches to confront a threat that is both more proximate and whose impact – in terms of violence, or refugee flows – is greater?