Putting Diplomacy First Report
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran, Iran, on July 28, 2019. (Getty/Iranian Presidency/Handout)

Putting Diplomacy First

In order to avoid another costly war in the Middle East, the United States must prioritize diplomacy and a more balanced regional stabilization strategy.

Brian Katulis, Peter Juul

Tired Narratives, Weary Publics Report
Supporters of Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah carry portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and Hezbollah's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, during a ceremony on the eve of the 10th day of the mourning period of Muharram, which marks the day of Ashura, in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut, October 11, 2016. (Getty)

Tired Narratives, Weary Publics

The United States must strengthen its public diplomacy strategy to better compete with Iran in the struggle for power and influence in the Middle East.

Sarah Alaoui

Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle East Report

Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle East

While President Trump has so far largely held off on his most reckless policy ideas, his first 100 days show both surprising continuity and troubling shifts that could undercut U.S. interests.

Daniel Benaim

Iran Is ‘On Notice’—What’s Next? Report

Iran Is ‘On Notice’—What’s Next?

The United States needs a strong defense and a smart offense; it must also avoid the unilateral disarmament offered in Trump’s budget proposal.

Brian Katulis, Muath Al Wari

6 Steps the Trump Administration Should Take in Iraq Report

6 Steps the Trump Administration Should Take in Iraq

The Trump administration should quickly take steps to address the damage of the president’s words and policies in his opening weeks in office, and to lay the foundation for an ongoing, sustainable U.S. and international military and diplomatic commitment to help Iraqis avoid a relapse into sectarian conflict or the resurgence of the Islamic State.

Andrew Kim, Daniel Benaim, Hardin Lang

Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East Report
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's photograph of the Nile River from space in September 2015. (NASA)

Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East

The next U.S. administration should advance a long-term affirmative agenda that deepens engagement with long-standing partners, builds a new framework for regional cooperation, and utilizes America’s unique leverage and assets to advance U.S. interests and values.

the CAP Middle East Team

Turkey-Iran Relations Report
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speak during a joint news conference in Ankara, Turkey, on April 16, 2016. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey-Iran Relations

For Turkey and Iran to move away from their destructive regional confrontation and toward stability, they need to return to their previous policy of selective cooperation, compartmentalization, and mediation.

Bülent Aras, Emirhan Yorulmazlar

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