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.

Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Countering Terrorism & Extremism

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

Learn More

Cyber Program

Studies the intersection of technology, security and governance in the Middle East, with a particular focus on international security, foreign relations, privacy, and human security.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Frontier Europe Initiative

Explores interactions between Middle East countries and their Frontier Europe neighbors – the parts of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus which form a frontier between Western Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Iran Program

MEI’s Iran project provides analysis of Iran’s policies and actions at home and abroad through research, articles, papers, and public and private events.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs

Examines the future of Palestinian politics and the Palestinian national movement as well as the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of the conflict in the stability of the broader Middle East.

Learn More

Syria Program

Seeks to provide insightful and grounded research and analysis on all things Syria in order to better inform a wide range of audiences and to help sustain and shape a more meaningful policy-oriented discussion.

Learn More

Strategic Foresight Initiative

Examines key drivers and dynamics at work in the region, thinks strategically, creatively and rigorously about various scenarios, risks and opportunities, and uses methodologically sound approaches to help decision-makers chart a course forward.

Learn More

Turkish Studies

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More