In his 2016 book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, George Washington University political-science professor Marc Lynch notes, "This book has been painful to write" (p. 255).
As pundits begin assessing U.S. President Barack Obama’s lasting legacy in the Middle East, the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal, will play a key role in defining it.
Established in 1981, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Middle East Policy Council's 85th Capitol Hill Conference has concluded. The full video and unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. The panel, held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, addressed the recently announced Saudi 2030 Vision and the National Transformation Plan as well as similar vision statements and plans of the UAE and other GCC states.
Richard Schmierer, Chairman of the Board of the Middle East Policy Council and former U.S. Ambassador to Oman, was recently interviewed by the Miami Herald on the recent transfer of 10 Yemeni prisoners to Oman from the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison. Amb.