Archival Institute is a courageous and field driven think tank working privately and independently on the toughest challenges of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa as the world’s fastest changing spaces culturally, economically, and yet frequently engaged in debilitating conflicts.

This research is paid for by sales of original content created by Archival Institute to educate and entertain international audiences. In Spring of 2018, Archival Institute launched its native video platform offering historical documentaries about the Middle East, Asia, and Africa not offered in the mainstream media.

Discover the modern history behind the core conflicts of today.

Iran: The Third Path on Amazon Prime

Customer Review

on September 18, 2018
At first I was quite skeptical about what political group would be behind making this documentary, but overall the journalism seems to be on point and very objective. A very fresh perspective on a history that is never taught inside or outside of the US or even in Iran. Highly recommended!

Customer Review

Mohammad Ashkanani, Kuwait

As for the documentary, I must I was impressed. The production quality is excellent and the scholarship in solid. The archival footage is also great, many parts of which I hadn’t seen before. Overall, its a superb documentary, and I’m eagerly awaiting the upcoming episodes.

Solution Driven Research

Currently, Archival Institute is working to develop solutions to problems of immigration, unemployment, violent extremism, corruption, population growth, and desertification and deforestation caused by climate change. These endemic problems have resulted in tens of millions of displaced Africans without homes, jobs, or hope.

Archival Institute aims to help facilitate public private partnerships in line with President’s Trump’s recently passed Build Act for which $60b has been approved, the new National Counterterrorism Strategy, and when available the proposed roll up of DFIs and USAID programs currently being debated by congress.

Working Towards Security and Economic Stability

Research fellows as task forces are being assembled to study and operationalize sustainable solutions for the millions of migrants seeking work, homes, and a better life as close to their place of origin as possible lead by John Melkon, Senior Research Fellow at Archival Institute and Director for the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at United States Military Academy at WestPoint.

Millions of African people have been displaced from countries across the Sahel and Horn of Africa with the intense occupation of terrorist networks like AQIM, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, and others which have coordinated attacks across specific areas in order to control local resources and global trafficking routes.

Chinese and Russian Influence in Africa and the Middle East

At the same time, Chinese, Russian, and GCC ventures in African countries have subjected local populations to new forms of colonization either through the predatory loan methods of Chinese development financing or arms trade to support regional conflicts. Russia which will run of much of its mineable resources by 2025 has provided weapons and nuclear development in exchange for Africa’s minerals and energy. Iran’s revolutionary guards’ influence is also growing on the continent echoing the influence of other Middle East countries.

Reciprocal Partnerships to Develop Critical Infrastructure Overseas and at Home

While the US has prioritized these issues and geographic locations in foreign relations, national security, and counterterrorism policy, another policy focus has been declared for domestic priority. The critical infrastructure of the US with backlogged maintenance and significant investment gaps continues to be a security as well as economic concern for both public and private sectors.

Domestic infrastructure gaps are expected to cost the US to lose $4 trillion in GDP by 2025 and cost the US 2.5 million jobs in 2025. This gap will in turn hit US export markets and cause China and others to assume global leadership of exports. Bilateral trade agreements and financing with public private partnerships can target these domestic and global investment gaps. Archival Institute is providing ways in which reciprocal partnerships can develop infrastructure in developing countries while also updating the critical infrastructure of the US homeland and make American companies more globally competitive than ever.

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Archival on Demand offers information about news, academic studies, industry analysis, and security challenges bringing obscure topics to the forefront of social media conversation and online collaboration as an ongoing project of Archival Institute.

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