Middle East and North Africa Events

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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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Syria: What Lies Ahead

July 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
What if the Syrian opposition doesn't unite? Are the Alawites preparing for a separate state? Are the Kurds? What is the likely impact of a Sunni dominated Syrian government on the region? How much U.S. intervention is the right amount? Landis discusses these questions and the future of Syria.

Revolution and Rebirth: The View from Alexandria, Egypt

June 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Ismail Serageldin discusses how Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) saw the rebirth of an ancient institution of scholarship and learning. For eight years in Mubarak’s Egypt, the BA was a beacon for freedom and enlightenment, and helped promote the deep currents that fed Egypt’s revolution in the Arab Spring. Yet its own values and commitments were and are being put to the test as the Egyptian people challenge authority and take charge of their own destiny.
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The Arab Awakening: Is Democracy a Mirage?

June 20, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
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The Dynamics of Iran’s Domestic Policy

May 22, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Middle East Program
On the eve of the Baghdad meeting between Iran and the P5+1, two Iran experts discussed the role of domestic dynamics.

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