Middle East and North Africa Events

New Terrorism Meets New Media

May 14, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Science and Technology Innovation Program
There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. This new arena of open and social systems presents new challenges and requires dramatic shifts in strategic thinking regarding national security and countering terrorism.

Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945

May 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. Case studies examine the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped military events more than military capacity and strategy.

The Rubik’s Cube (tm) of a Final Agreement (at U.S. Institute of Peace)

May 13, 2014 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
The clock is ticking on a nuclear deal with Iran. The deadline is July 20. An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks is hosting three discussions on the pivotal diplomacy to coincide with the last three rounds of talks. The first event—”The Rubik’s Cube (tm) of a Final Agreement”—on May 13 will explore the 10 disparate issues to be resolved and the many formulations for potential solutions.

Film Screening: PRECIOUS LIFE

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Middle East Program
Directed by Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, the timely documentary PRECIOUS LIFE received the 2010 Ophir Award (the Israeli Academy Award®) for Best Documentary. The film has also been shortlisted for an Oscar.
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The OneVoice Movement: Toward a Two-State Solution

May 01, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Middle East Program
Join OneVoice Palestine-Gaza Director Ezzeldeen Masri as he discusses the challenges of promoting a two-state solution in Gaza and how civil society can push the negotiations forward. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg will provide introductory remarks.

Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

April 29, 2014 // 8:30amApril 30, 2014 // 4:30pm
Middle East Program
Please join us for a two-day screening of a selection of Iranian films highlighting the present day realities of women and youth in Iran. Each day concludes with a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. These films display the complexities and the various aspects of Iranian culture from a religious, traditional, and legal point of view.

The U.S. and Iran: Can Diplomacy Prevent an Iranian Bomb?

April 28, 2014 // 6:00pm7:15pm
Middle East Program
Iran and the P5 plus 1 completed an interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. Negotiators began meeting in Vienna in February to take on the challenge of a comprehensive accord. What are the chances of success, and what are the implications of failure -- for the United States, Iran, and the region at large? In this University Conversation, three veteran observers of U.S. policy, Iran, and the region take on these important questions.

Cities at the Center of the World

April 22, 2014 // 9:00am4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
In collaboration with the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University, The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory invites you to a discussion of the nexus between urban growth and globalization. Please join leading urban scholars, practitioners and policy makers for a discussion of the social, spatial and political terrain of cities as critical global centers.

America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

April 21, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The CIA has an almost diabolical reputation in the Arab world. Yet, in the early years of its existence, the 1940s and 1950s, the Agency was distinctly pro-Arab, lending its support to the leading Arab nationalist of the day, Gamal Nasser, and conducting an anti-Zionist publicity campaign at home in the U.S. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Hugh Wilford uncovers the world of early CIA “Arabism,” its origins, characteristic forms, and eventual demise.
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Party Politics, Religion, and Women's Leadership

April 18, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
The book Party Politics, Religion, and Women’s Leadership advances a theory of party religiosity to explain women's leadership across parties and countries, drawing on robust qualitative and quantitative findings from cross-national multiple cases and a case study of Lebanon.

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