Middle East Policy Council

TeachMideast is an educational initiative of the Middle East Policy Council. The Middle East Policy Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to contribute to American understanding of the political, economic and cultural issues that affect U.S. interests in the Middle East. Our goal is to help give policy makers, politicians, the media, analysts, business leaders, teachers, students and the general public a greater understanding of America’s interests in that region.           

Because the United States is an unmatched military and economic power, and is extensively involved in the Middle East, Americans and non-Americans tend to have opinions about U.S. policies based on their particular perceptions and interests. Foreign observers naturally tend to see American actions in light of their own concerns, and American individuals and groups may have special interests that affect their perceptions. 

It is the task of the Middle East Policy Council to help present and analyze these different views so that the complexities and nuances of America’s engagement with the Middle East are better understood. Through its publications, its public panel discussions and its educational outreach programs, MEPC helps present the various American views of the Middle East and also offers insights on the interests and behaviors of the peoples and countries of that region.        

To learn about MEPC’s Capitol Hill Forums, read the latest analysis and commentary, and browse excerpts from the latest issue of the acclaimed Middle East Policy Journal, please visit the Middle East Policy Council website.