Research Programs


Led by renowned scholars and regional experts, MEI's policy research programs produce original analysis, convene roundtables and public events, and work to advance understanding of the complexities of regional policy.

Countering Terrorism & Extremism

In-depth analysis into the region’s varied terrorist threats and their underlying drivers, including civil conflict.

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Gulf Affairs

Enhancing understanding of the issues facing the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council who are key political, security, and economic partners for the United States.

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Iran Observed

Daily tracking and analysis of those policies and actions of the Iranian state and its various arms that negatively impact Iran’s neighbors and the broader international community.

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Middle East-Asia Project

Exploring the multidimensional relations between the Middle East and Asia through scholarly analysis of cross-regional economic, political, security, and social/cultural interactions and their implications.

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Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies

Advancing a balanced and realistic understanding of the politics, economy, society and foreign policy of these two countries.

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Program on Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues

Establishing spaces for current and former officials and experts to engage in problem-solving dialogues in which they discuss emerging political and security trends in the region, resolution of conflicts, and broader issues related to regional security.

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Turkish Studies

Seeking to highlight and analyze political, economic, and social developments in Turkey through scholarly research and public events.

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Defense and Security Program

Providing rigorous and multidisciplinary analysis of the current and emerging defense and security challenges and opportunities facing the United States and its regional partners.

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Egypt Program

Looking at the country's security, economic and political developments. It seeks to examine Egypt’s domestic developments and regional role through research, private roundtables and public events.

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MEI's Weekly Podcast


Middle East Focus is a weekly podcast featuring discussion and analysis on U.S. foreign policy and contemporary political and social issues in the Middle East.

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