The Middle East in 2021 has experienced major developments and faced many challenges, politically, economically, militarily, and socially. In addition to the ongoing disastrous war in Yemen, the region went through a short but bloody war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and has witnessed several major political upheavals in several countries, including Israel and Lebanon. The Middle East has also seen a concerning rise in poverty, unemployment, corruption, and distrust of political and social institutions. Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.

Dr. Emile Nakhleh was a senior intelligence service officer and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a research professor and director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at UNM, and the author of A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World and Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society.