The Middle East in 2021-2022 has experienced major developments and faced many challenges: politically, economically, militarily, and socially. In addition to the war in Yemen, the region has been affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Several Middle Eastern states are on the verge of collapse. Confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians continue with no resolution. The Middle East has seen a rise in poverty, unemployment, corruption, and distrust. Understanding the Middle East is best achieved through five major themes: geography, religion, natural resources, relations with foreign powers, and governance. Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Albuquerque.

Dr. Emile Nakhleh was a senior intelligence service officer and Founding Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired from UNM where he was a Research Professor and Founding Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World.