Paul Salem

The Middle East Institute

President

Paul Salem is president of The Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East. Salem is the author and editor of a number of books and reports including Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East (ed. with Ross Harrison, MEI 2019); Winning the Battle, Losing the War: Addressing the Conditions that Fuel Armed Non State Actors (ed. with Charles Lister, MEI 2019); From Chaos to Cooperation: Toward Regional Order in the Middle East (ed. with Ross Harrison, MEI 2017), Broken Orders: The Causes and Consequences of the Arab Uprisings (In Arabic, 2013), "Thinking Arab Futures: Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for the Arab World", The Cairo Review Spring 2019; “The Recurring Rise and Fall of Political Islam” (CSIS, 2015), Bitter Legacy: Ideology and Politics in the Arab World (1994), and Conflict Resolution in the Arab World (ed., 1997). Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013. From 1999 to 2006, he was director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989-1999 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon's leading public policy think tank.

Sessions With Paul Salem

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 08/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Middle East Geopolitics: Regional prospects in a changing energy landscape

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy

    As the United Sates continues to recalibrate its strategy in the Middle East, regional states are securing their interests through new alliances, regional diplomatic initiatives, economic integration but also conflicts and proxy wars. How does the emerging realignments impact the region’s stability? How do the Abraham accords change the region’s trajectory? Is there a prospect for de-escalation between Iran and the Arab Gulf states? How are governments reorienting their economies? What new opportunities does the oil price recovery create to accelerate transformation strategies? How does the energy transition and the global climate agenda mean for the region’s future?