Middle East and North Africa Events

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Iran, Iraq, and the GCC: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security

September 28, 2012 // 9:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
As Iraq strengthens its political, defense, and security capabilities, Iran’s claims to hegemony in the Gulf and over Iraq appear to be weakening. Professors David Siddhartha Patel, Mohsen Milani, and F. Gregory Gause will examine Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf Arab perceptions of a shifting balance of power in the region and its implications for strategic planning and regional stability. Roy Mottahedeh will analyze the role and influence of the Shi’a clerics and institutions in Iraq and Iran on politics and governance.
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Beyond Dichotomy: Building a New Egypt

September 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Over the past year in Egypt, Margot Badran has witnessed how in a society sharply polarized for several decades the old categories of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ have become increasingly meaningless as descriptors of clearly marked social identity yet also retain considerable political force. She discusses how sustained dichotmization impedes the construction of a new Egypt drawing upon her observations in both the capital and the provinces.

The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

September 24, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Cold War International History Project
In "The Global Offensive," historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context.
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The Middle East in Transition: A Lebanese Perspective

September 21, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
The region is in the midst of a historic but turbulent transition. Almost all the region's fault lines are in flux. Shia versus Sunnis; Iran versus its many enemies; militant Islam versus moderate Islam; and the Syrian dictatorship versus its own people, let alone the perennial Israel versus the Palestinians. While these are regional fault lines, nowhere do they all collide together the way they do in Lebanon - with potentially great ramifications for the country's security, its politics, and its future. Chatah will address these conflicts and related policy questions for Lebanon, for the rest of the region, and for the United States.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Saudi Arabia's Race Against Time

September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Ottaway reports on the state of the Saudi kingdom based on his latest trip to Saudi Arabia.
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Webcast Day 2: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable

September 14, 2012 // 9:30am3:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Watch via live webcast the workshop "Connecting Grassroots to Government through Open Innovation," focusing on the opportunities and challenges of social media, crowdsourcing, crisismapping and open innovation for the full life-cycle of disaster management.
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Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran

September 13, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Middle East Program
Former senior national security officials, military officers, and experts with decades of Middle East experience will convene to present the Iran Project’s Report, a balanced, fact-based analysis on the benefits and costs of military action against Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions about the ability of military action to achieve U.S. objectives, they offer in this report a foundation for clear thinking about the potential use of force against Iran.

The 1967 War and the Demise of Arab Nationalism

September 10, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The defeat of Egypt and Syria in the 1967 is often described as a deathblow to pan-Arabism, and it did indeed gravely undermine the regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser. Egyptians, Syrians and Palestinians had in fact already begun to shift towards narrower nation-state nationalism even before the 1967 war, which merely confirmed this reorientation.
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Will the Ongoing Nuclear Talks with Iran Yield Better Results than Past Efforts?

September 07, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
Experts who participated in a February 2011 seminar on the Brazilian-Turkish mediation with Iran return to the Wilson Center to assess the ongoing negotiations and possible outcomes.
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Japan’s Middle East Policy since 9/11

July 25, 2012 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Asia Program
Japan’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, more broadly, on Middle East issues generally has been shaped by two key factors: Tokyo’s quest for oil, and its awareness of the wider international diplomatic and political setting. Unfortunately for Japan, these two considerations have frequently pushed Japanese policy makers in opposite directions. Historically, Japan has preferred a low-key approach to the region. But in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Tokyo has faced increasing pressure to become more engaged--more specifically, to contribute to the U.S.-led war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Does Japan aspire to be a relevant player in the Middle East? Can it play such a role, if it wishes to do so? Wilson Center visiting scholar Yuka Uchida will discuss these and related issues as she explores the post-9/11 evolution of Japanese policy in the broader Middle East.

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