Middle East and North Africa Events

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Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves

July 21, 2014 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
The P5+1 and Iran have been negotiating since last January under a six-month deadline to convert an interim nuclear accord into a final agreement. Please join us for this meeting, scheduled one day after that deadline, to address the outcome of the negotiations—whether successful in yielding an agreement, extended to allow further negotiations, or at a point of breakdown. What are the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward? The meeting will feature discussion of the new Middle East Program monograph by Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars and director of international security studies at the Wilson Center.
Webcast

In the Mainstream: Religious Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

July 11, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
Religious extremism is becoming more mainstream across Muslim majority countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. While violent groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS draw media attention, extremist groups and organizations recruit in communities and operate trans-nationally, using a variety of non-violent tactics too. The targeting and promotion of extremely intolerant views of women that restrict female access to schools, the workplace, and public spaces is a central feature of these movements. These movements are extremely well-funded by regional actors. They promote a clear vision and set of values, claiming the mantle of ethics and morality in the face of corrupt or predatory states. As purveyors of key social services in poor and disenfranchised communities, they have extensive reach and influence.
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Whither the Palestinians

July 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Middle East Program
Iraq and Syria may be dominating the headlines, but the Israeli-Palestinian issue remains a volatile and unpredictable piece of the Middle Eastern puzzle. Join us as three veteran analysts and practitioners discuss the Palestinians and their politics, including the recent unity agreement, the impasse in the peace process, and the prospects for elections in the West Bank and Gaza. This event is part of The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors

June 23, 2014 // 9:30am12:30pm
Middle East Program
Five experts examine the implications that a potential Iranian nuclear deal would have on the region, particularly the Persian Gulf states.
Podcast

Ground Truth Briefing: How Dangerous is ISIS, and How Should the U.S. Deal With It?

June 19, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Recent events have threatened Iraq’s stability, highlighted the dangers of the Syrian civil war, and raised serious questions about how the US should respond to the current crisis. Join us by PHONE for this Ground Truth Briefing as we examine ISIS, the policies of the Maliki Government, impact of Syria on Iraq, and US options in response to these challenges.

What to Expect from the Al-Sisi Presidency

June 16, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in on June 8. In his inauguration speech, al-Sisi spoke of his intent to lead Egypt in an inclusive manner. Khattab, who lives in Egypt, Ottaway, who recently returned from Egypt, and Shahin share their opinions of what the future of Egypt will hold.

Lebanon without a President: Can Lebanon Weather the Neighborhood Storm?

June 11, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
MEP hosts a meeting on "Lebanon without a President: Can Lebanon Weather the Neighborhood Storm?" with Basem Shabb, Member of Parliament in Lebanon, Future Parliamentary bloc.
Podcast

Researching the Middle East

June 10, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
This panel will discuss the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables

June 10, 2014 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
A final deal with Iran will have to sort out a dizzying array of timetables and disparate interpretation of terms. To assess this period of pivotal diplomacy, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks and organizations is hosting three discussions to coincide with the last three rounds of talks This second event explores key conflicts and possible trade-offs.
Podcast

What’s To Become of Syria? U.S Policy, the Opposition and the Regime

June 06, 2014 // 8:30am9:30am
Middle East Program
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran observers and analysts of Syria assess that future, the impact of recent presidential elections, a growing jihadi presence and the prospects for change in U.S policy.

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