Center for the Middle East and Africa

The policy and peacebuilding challenges and opportunities in the Middle East and Africa are increasingly interconnected. The Center for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) manages the Institute's work in these regions, with an eye to regional themes and linkages. The Center focuses particularly on countries in transition, the Horn of Africa, Iran, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. With an eye to both internal and cross-border conflict, the Center directs and coordinates analysis, field operations, outreach, and grant making across the MEA region in support of peaceful dispute resolution, conflict prevention, civic engagement, and good governance.

Articles & Analysis

January 12, 2017

The violence of extremists—and the chaos they spawn—takes place in towns, villages, streets and homes, not along some far-off front line. That’s where extremist groups seek recruits and where residents they victimize plot revenge, said the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Sarhang Hamasaeed in a Ted Talk-style presentation during the Jan. 10 “Passing the Baton” conference. While national and international efforts to bring peace to such areas can help, dialogue and mediation at the community level has proven to be a successful key to curbing conflict, he said. 

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Syria’s war is not only a humanitarian catastrophe but a threat to stability in countries as distant as Europe. The warfare has killed perhaps 400,000 people, according to U.N. envoy Staffan de...
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The West failed to predict the emergence of al-Qaeda in new forms across the  Middle East and North Africa. It was blindsided by the ISIS sweep across Syria and Iraq, which at least temporarily...