The Middle East Institute (MEI) is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan institution working to increase knowledge of the Middle East among citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding of the people of these two areas. MEI is not affiliated or aligned with any domestic or foreign political party, institution, or government. The Institute aims to contribute to crafting better policy to the benefit of the people of the Middle East and the United States, and in the general interest of peace, human security, prosperity, and improved governance. MEI’s intellectual independence and the integrity of its research and recommendations are central to this mission.

Intellectual Independence Policy

MEI maintains strict intellectual independence in all of its projects and publications. All work produced or published by MEI represents solely the opinions and views of its scholars. MEI as an organization does not adopt or advocate positions on particular issues. Instead, it serves as a convener and forum for discussion and debate, and it regularly publishes and presents a variety of views.

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Conflict of Interest Policy

MEI is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct in all of its activities and promotes transparency and intellectual independence as central to its mission.

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Donor Guidelines

The Middle East Institute is committed to financial transparency and discloses a complete list of its donors on a quarterly basis on its website, as well as through its annual reports. MEI also believes that financial diversity is critical to its financial well-being and solicits contributions from a wide range of sources including from U.S. and foreign corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals, provided the contributions are consistent with MEI’s mission.

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