Middle East and North Africa Events

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Demographic Timebomb? People Power and the Future of Israel as a Jewish State

February 14, 2013 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Demography will play an increasingly important role in determining the future of the state of Israel. Population size and structure, the changing demographic balance both between Israelis and Palestinians and among Israel’s religious and secular communities, and the unique circumstances of Israel’s Arab citizens will increasingly define this future. Join us for a discussion of these issues with one of Israel’s leading demographers.

Sanctions and Medical Supply Shortages in Iran

February 08, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
The pronounced role of sanctions in creating shortages of life-saving medical supplies and drugs in Iran may have been unintentional, but they are also irrefutable. Iran’s own mismanagement of the situation aggravated the problem, but it is not the root cause of it. While the list of problems leading to the supply crunch is long and complicated, at the heart of it all are the obstacles that sanctions have created in denying Iran of the needed banking operations and limiting its access to hard currency. Namazi presents these findings that were based on a recent study that he and a number of Iranian consultants carried out.
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Allies at Odds: Obama, Netanyahu, and The State of U.S. – Israeli Relations

January 30, 2013 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Four years in, the relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu remains a troubled one. What’s behind the tension, can it be alleviated and how will regional challenges such as Iran’s nuclear program or the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affect the US-Israeli relations?
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The Nuclear Issue: Why is Iran Negotiating?

January 29, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Middle East Program
Three tops experts in the field will discuss Iran’s domestic, foreign policy, and nuclear challenges.
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Global Authoritarians and the Arab Spring: New Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy

January 29, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Middle East Program
The Arab uprisings of December 2011 and beyond coincided with the efforts of an ad hoc group of global authoritarian states—led by China, Russia, and Iran—to take advantage of these momentous events to enhance their diplomatic and strategic leverage in the Middle East and, in so doing, to defend their own authoritarian agendas at home and abroad. Brumberg and Heydemann present the main outlines of a joint USIP-Wilson Center paper. This event is the first in a series of five papers and presentations on “The Changing Security Architecture in the Middle East.”
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A Proposal for the Resolution of the Iranian Nuclear Standoff

January 24, 2013 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Middle East Program
Seven prominent Iranians, all former parliamentarians, have presented the leaders of Iran, the United States, and Europe with a framework for resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. Two of the parliamentarians and three American experts will discuss and debate the proposal.
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A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of its Twentysomethings

January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
The “Arab Awakening” has focused the world’s attention on young people in the Arab world, where they have been agitating for political reform. But what about young Saudis, who have not taken to the streets like many of their peers? Have they been affected by the “Arab Awakening?” A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings explores the self-image of young Saudis and what they want when it comes to education, marriage, politics, religion, and personal liberties.
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Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

January 09, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
The recent upheavals in the Middle East are challenging long-held assumptions about the dynamics between the United States, the Arab world, and Israel. In Pathways to Peace, today's leading experts explain these changes in the region and their positive implications for the prospect of a sustained peace between Israel and the Arab World.
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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Gender Integration and Women’s Empowerment at USAID

January 08, 2013 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Middle East Program
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Iran: Is a Nuclear Deal Possible?

December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
Negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group over Iran's nuclear program may resume in the next few weeks; and the Obama administration has reaffirmed its readiness for direct negotiations with Iran over a range of issues. From Tehran, however, the response has been mixed, with senior officials both rejecting and signaling a willingness to engage in direct talks with the United States. Is a nuclear deal with Iran possible, or are the two sides moving toward a confrontation? Three top experts in the field debate the issue.

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