It is with profound sadness that the Middle East Policy Council announces the sudden passing from a stroke of our president, the Hon. Ford M. Fraker, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, over the Labor Day weekend.
Last week’s summit in Tehran between Russia, Turkey and Iran on the fate of Syria’s Idlib province ended inconclusively, with promises of a temporary truce agreed in the last minute as a face-saving measure for the Turkish president.
It has been more than three months since parliamentary elections in Iraq and the political factions have still found it impossible to coalesce around a single candidate.
The United States government has ended its funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Images of Houthi leaders meeting with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon seem to confirm long-standing rumors regarding Hezbollah’s, and by extension Iran’s, involvement in the war in Yemen.
The decline in value of the Turkish currency, the lira, continues, and there are signs that the country’s banking system may be on the verge of crisis.
MEPC's Executive Director Dr. Thomas R. Mattair recently did an interview with Newsy to discuss the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran and what impact this will have on the Iranian economy. You can watch the interview below:
The relationship between the United States and its NATO ally Turkey continues to deteriorate, as the two countries pursue a path of brinkmanship rather than cooperation.
Following months of violence, it appears that Israeli and Hamas officials are on the verge of a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt.
In a recent press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an off-handed invitation to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to meet without any preconditions. Coming in the aftermath of the much-criticized Singapore and Helsinki summits, Mr.