Middle East


  • Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi | 19 May 2021

    The Best Way for Palestinians to Become Winners from the Abraham Accords

    The current round of conflict in Gaza Strip and Israel affirms the urgent need to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue. The fruits of the Abraham Accords will not be complete without finding a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue; a solution that gives Palestinians their legitimate national rights in a state with East Jerusalem as its capital. In exchange, this solution should provide Israelis with security and stability so that they can live in peace and prosperity in their state and in the region.

  • Kirsten Fontenrose, Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, and Udi Dekel | 01 Feb 2021

    How President Biden Can Tackle the Middle East’s Biggest Problems

    Nine joint recommendations from leading think tanks in the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Israel.

  • EPC | 12 Jan 2021

    Israeli Political Landscape: Controversy of Early Elections and Continuing Defections in the Right-Wing Camp

    ​Israel is heading towards holding early elections, the fourth in less than two years, after the failure of the Likud and Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) parties to reach a settlement on the state’s budget, which would prevent the Israeli Knesset (parliament) from dissolving itself. Meanwhile, Gideon Saar’s split from Likud reversed the political balance in Israel, constituting a threat to Netanyahu’s renewed rise to power, especially after Water Resources Minister Zeev Elkin, who is close to Netanyahu, resigned and joined Saar.

  • Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi | 24 Sep 2020

    Emirati-Israeli peace agreement: Could it be a game-changer?

    It is safe to say that the new peace agreement between the UAE and Israel, officially signed at the White House on September 15, 2020, represents an important strategic shift, and a fundamental turning point for the long-running conflict between Arabs and Israel.

  • EPC | 31 Aug 2020

    Turkey, Iran and Water Crises in Syria and Iraq

    The falling levels of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers warn of an impending water crisis in Syria and Iraq, two countries engulfed in war and economic and political crises with no end in sight. The rivers – once the lifeblood of the two countries – have been reduced to swamps since Turkey and Iran constructed hydropower facilities that have considerably reduced the flow of the rivers. The situation has repercussions as dire as those of the wars in Syria and Iraq, in particular for demographic change and the destruction of the economy, since agriculture remains a major contributor to the GDP of both countries.

  • EPC | 21 Aug 2020

    Emirati-Israeli Peace Treaty and Prospects of Regional Economic and Technical Cooperation

    The peace treaty announced on 13 August 2020 between the UAE and Israel is expected to establish strong relations between the two sides in qualitative areas such as the economy, trade, medicine, health, and technology in general, and communications technology in particular, as well as cooperation in other technical fields. This will constitute a starting point and an opportunity to expand the horizons of cooperation in this regard and to strengthen the rapprochement between the countries of the region and the peace-loving powers therein.

  • EPC | 20 Aug 2020

    Dimensions and Significance of the Formation of a New Security and Strategic Environment After the UAE-Israeli Peace Treaty

    The peace treaty concluded between the UAE and Israel on 13 August 2020 constituted a strategic shift in the course of Arab-Israeli relations. The strategic repercussions of this agreement will go beyond the course of bilateral relations between the two countries, to affect the strategic reality in the Middle East region as a whole. Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that they would affect the existing strategic reality in other neighbouring regions such as South Asia.

  • EPC | 13 Aug 2020

    The UAE-Israel Agreement: Motives and Gains for the Palestinian Issue and the Region

    ​The announcement of the UAE-Israel agreement on 13 August 2020 constituted an unprecedented historic moment for twenty-five years, according to US President Donald Trump whose administration oversaw reaching this agreement.