Broader Middle East

Join Churches for Middle East Peace’s (CMEP’s) commitment to understanding the issues facing the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA). We encourage negotiated, just, and peaceful resolutions to conflicts in the region and the demilitarization of conflict. A key aspect of this work is recognizing the religious importance of the Middle East to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. CMEP works to protect the religious freedom of all, as well as supporting measures to ensure the viability of the historic Christian community in Palestine, Israel, and the entire region. You can learn more about issues in the broader Middle East by visiting the pages below. Please check back periodically as we continue to make updates.

Home to the largest Christian minority in the Middle East and bordering both Israel and Gaza, Egypt is vital to both the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and interfaith relations.
Learn more about Egypt’s pivotal role in the region.

Oman is in many ways the “Switzerland of the Middle East.” Oman’s foreign policy approach has been very pragmatic, with a policy of neutrality and non-interference, quietly and consistently supporting Middle East peace, while building strong ties with the West.
Learn more about Oman’s unique position in the Middle East.

Yemen is a relatively new country within the political landscape of the Middle East that has faced enormous economic and political challenges since its unification in 1990. As the civil war in Yemen has increasingly been depicted as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has taken a strategic interest in the conflict.
Learn more about the conflict in Yemen.