Middle East and North Africa Events

Podcast

What to Do About Syria?

May 09, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Middle East Program
Options for resolving the Syrian crisis run from bad to worse. How should the international community respond to the regime’s crackdown, sectarian conflict and Kofi Annan’s diplomacy?
Amr Hamzawy and Jane Harman
Podcast

The Arab Awakening: Progress or Peril? A Conversation with Amr Hamzawy and Jane Harman

May 03, 2012 // 12:00pm2:30pm
Middle East Program
Are revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya succeeding in delivering dignity and freedom, or are they being hijacked by illiberal forces? Amr Hamzawy, a leading voice of the Egyptian revolution who has become one of his country’s most active parliamentarians, and Wilson Center President Jane Harman will debate where Egypt and other transitioning Arab countries are headed. The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center invite you to participate in this inaugural event in a series of debates on the future of the transitioning Arab countries.
Webcast
Podcast

Regional Security Complex Theory and Turkish Foreign Policy: NATO Missile Shield, Eurasian Energy Politics and the Arab Spring

May 03, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Turkish foreign policy is coming under increasing scrutiny since the election of the ruling Justice and Development Party in 2002. Critiques state that Turkish foreign policy is becoming 'neo-Ottoman' or 'Islamist', arguing that Turkey is moving closer to the Middle East than Europe. The underlying hypothesis of Hamid Akin Unver's lecture however, argues that Turkey's foreign policy is not becoming more Islamist; it is becoming more British, following a pattern of external affairs in which identity is becoming increasingly more pronounced. By focusing on three case studies: Turkey’s self-appointed role as an energy hub between Europe and Russia, its role in NATO and its recent installation of the missile defense shield, and finally, its changing stance against Iran and Syria following the Arab Spring, the lecture will discuss how identity (as it relates to the narratives of history and culture) shape Turkey’s foreign policy understanding and patterns of cooperation and conflict.

Iraqi Women Leaders in Engineering and Applied Sciences

April 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Iraqi women leaders shared their experiences as engineers and scientists, working and teaching in Iraq, with stabilizing, rebuilding, and providing for the long-term development of their country.

Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule

April 25, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
David Ottaway’s recent visit to Tunisia found Ennahda grappling with daunting challenges as it faces an intense struggle between militant Islamists and secularists and a battered economy.
Webcast
Podcast

New Beginning or Just Showdown Postponed?: A Look at the Renewed Talks with Iran over its Nuclear Program

April 24, 2012 // 8:30am9:30am
Middle East Program
Michael Adler was in Istanbul for the breakthrough talks April 14 between Iran and six world powers, which have re-started the negotiating process, and will present his analysis.
Arab Spring
Webcast

The Arab Spring, a Year On: How’s America Faring?

April 23, 2012 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
Political changes in the Arab world have created a new landscape for the United States. Four experts on the region and its politics examined the impact of these changes on hopes for democratization and Arab-Israeli peace, as well as the future of American influence and interests.

Democracy and Human Rights in Iran: A Conference in Honor of Siamak Pourzand [Carnegie]

April 19, 2012 // 9:00am1:45pm
Middle East Program
In commemoration of Siamak Pourzand's life and work, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and the Middle East Program held a public conference on the state of democratic values and human rights in Iran. This event took place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The Islamists are Coming Panel

The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are

April 18, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Islamists are Coming
As dictatorships fall, parties tied to the Arab world’s conservative religious tradition are getting stronger. An expert panel looks at what this means for the US, Israel, and the world—drawing on the new book, The Islamists Are Coming, by Center expert Robin Wright.

Fostering the Next Generation: Evolving Models of Women’s Leadership in the Middle East

April 18, 2012 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
The Middle East Program, ExxonMobil, and the Centre for Development and Population Activities will host a conference on women's leadership in the Middle East.

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