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 Syria, Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the political economy of the Gulf, the role of women in the countries of the region, and the implications of the “Arab Awakening.”

The Center for the Middle East builds on the Baker Institute’s long engagement with the Middle East region and provides support for research, lectures, conferences, and affiliations with other experts and organizations confronting policy challenges in the Arab world. 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.

The center’s team of fellows, scholars and research staff is led by Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel, as well as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.


Center for the Middle East Program Areas

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution

Women's Rights in the Middle East

Political Economy of the Gulf


For more information about the center, please contact Ben Stevenson, policy assistant to the founding director, at b.stevenson@rice.edu or 713-348-2374. For media inquiries, please contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.