Middle East & North Africa

The countries of the Middle East include Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Countries in North Africa include Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

These countries vary greatly, making the MENA region one of contradictions: democratic and authoritarian states border each other; deep roots of religion and peaceful teachings come up against ethnic and religious conflict; and oppression, a lack of opportunity, and violence live side-by-side with great wealth and natural resources.

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Iran Deal is Imperfect, But Decertification was a Mistake
No Coherent U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Jerrold D. Green

President & CEO, Pacific Council on International Policy

Philip Seib

Professor, Journalism, Public Diplomacy, and International Relations, USC

Suzie Abdou

Johnson & Johnson

Ian O. Lesser

Executive Director, Transatlantic Center, German Marshall Fund of the United States

James Coyle

Independent Consultant on National Security and International Relations
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