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About The Center for the Middle East

The Baker Institute Center for the Middle East provides policymakers, scholars and the general public with comprehensive analyses of issues, events and trends across this critical region with important implications for U.S. policy and global stability. The center encompasses research programs addressing key policy areas including Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution, the political economy of the Gulf, the role of women in the countries of the region, U.S.-Iranian relations and the role of Islamist movements in the region. The Center for the Middle East builds on the Baker Institute’s long engagement with the Middle East and provides support for research, lectures, conferences and affiliations with other experts and organizations confronting policy challenges in the region. The center offers a nonpartisan voice relying on data-driven research and direct engagement with decision-makers in the United States and in the region. The Center for the Middle East also collaborates with the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies as well as Rice University academics studying the history, politics and societies of the Middle East. As a meeting point for different academic disciplines and viewpoints, the center aims to foster informed, policy-relevant dialogue about often divisive issues and the future of the region.


Center for the Middle East Program Areas

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution

Women's Rights in the Middle East

Political Economy of the Gulf

U.S.-Iranian Relations at the Crossroads

Islamist Movements in the Middle East


For more information about the center, please contact Colton Cox, policy assistant to the director, at or 713-348-4261. For media inquiries, please contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.