Middle East and North Africa News

How Not to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 21, 2015
"The administration has adopted a preemptory, and sometimes arrogant, tone in selling this accord...The more certain and authoritative the administration sounds, and the more it suggests in word and tone that it alone knows best, the more pushback it will draw," writes Aaron David Miller.
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Turkey blames ISIS for suicide bombing

Jul 20, 2015
"If there is one group in the Middle East that has managed to bloody ISIS seriously, it has been the Syrian Kurds. Therefore, ISIS has an incentive in hurting the Kurds wherever they are, whether it is in Turkey or in Syria," says Henri Barkey in this interview on CNN.

How Iran Got What It Wanted From the Nuclear Deal

Jul 18, 2015
"In the agreement announced this week, the Obama administration got what it needed. Iran, however, got what it wanted—and secured the better deal," writes Aaron David Miller.

How the Iran Nuclear Deal Stands to Inflame U.S.-Saudi Tensions

Jul 17, 2015
"Friction between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. over coalition actions in Yemen underscores how the agreement announced this week on Iran’s nuclear program threatens to widen a rift between Washington and its most important Arab ally in the Persian Gulf," writes David Ottaway.

America is losing the digital war against the Islamic State

Jul 17, 2015
"Online, we move too slowly and know too little to combat this generation of Web-native jihadists. We’ve failed to mobilize tech and messaging talent to counter the Islamic State on social media," writes Jane Harman.

Iran Nuclear Deal Is a Win for Rouhani. What’s Next?

Jul 17, 2015
"President Rouhani’s approach has been to get crippling sanctions lifted as part of a nuclear deal, revive Iran’s economy, create jobs, and build confidence in the West--–all as a basis to address the other issues," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
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From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice

Jul 15, 2015
When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kurze about his findings

How Well Did The President Sell The Iran Deal?

Jul 15, 2015
President Obama is holding a news conference today to highlight his support for the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jane Harman, a former member of Congress, about the deal and the criticism the president has received over the agreement announced yesterday.
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Iran Nuclear Deal Achieved: A Preliminary Analysis

Jul 14, 2015
Robert Litwak, author of “Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves,” has spent decades working on nonproliferation issues and has been following the Iran negotiations since they began. Now that a deal has been achieved, we asked him to provide a concise preliminary analysis of what it means and where we go from here.

Five Things to Watch for in the Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 14, 2015
Here are five things to look out for in the coming days, as we all assess the text of the agreement and reactions to it.

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