Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) (http://mepi.state.gov), located within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, supports efforts to expand political participation, strengthen civil society and the rule of law, empower women and youth, create educational opportunities, and foster economic reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In support of these goals, MEPI works with non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academic institutions, as well as governments. MEPI is the United States' principal mechanism for supporting reform efforts in the region, and builds on the G-8 countries' Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA).
Ideas for effective reform are solicited from within the region, and partnerships with locally based institutions and individuals are central to all endeavors.
The Arabian Peninsula Middle East Partnership Initiative Regional Office opened in August 2004. The office is one of two regional offices, the other located in Tunis, created to solicit input from the region, and to facilitate better coordination of ideas and programs designed to further MEPI goals.