Middle East and North Africa News

Tunisia’s Islamist-Led Democracy Founders

Oct 18, 2013
Tunisia’s ruling Islamic party, Ennahda, has made repeated compromises on religious issues to meet secularist demands for a new constitution, according to Woodrow Wilson Senior Scholar David Ottaway. But Ennahda’s moderate leadership has lost secularist trust by showing too much deference to its own militant Islamic wing and fundamentalist Salafis outside the movement.

Behind the Smiles in Geneva, No Concrete Progress in Iran Negotiations

Oct 17, 2013
U.S. and Iranian officials are praising nuclear talks in Geneva this week as a key diplomatic success, but the problems that torpedoed previous efforts to win guarantees from Iran that it will not seek the bomb appear undiminished, writes Michael Adler on The Daily Beast.

Nuclear Weapons: Lesson From the Yom Kippur War

Oct 03, 2013
According to some historical accounts, Israel came very close to deploying nuclear weapons during the Yom Kippur War. But a newly released firsthand account of high-level deliberations provides a more nuanced account of what occurred.

A New Beginning and a New Regional Office Paving the Way for a New Model for Human Rights in Egypt

Sep 30, 2013
Former Wilson Center public policy scholar Moushira Khattab on Egypt's decision to offer to host a regional office for the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR).

Wilson Center Launches Global Europe Program

Sep 26, 2013
The Wilson Center launches new Global Europe program, which focuses on Europe’s external challenges and opportunities. On occasion of the launch, the Center's President and CEO Jane Harman will host a public discussion with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Can There Be Real and Lasting Change With Iran?

Sep 26, 2013
In this interview on The Takeaway, Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari and Retired Air Force Colonel Dave Roeder discussed the way forward for Iran-U.S. relations.

Dealing with Iran: Get Ready for a Wild Ride

Sep 26, 2013
The Obama administration's effort to negotiate a deal on the nuclear issue is going to be an unpredictable ride, but any deal will need to acknowledge the politics on both sides, writes Aaron David Miller.

Obama Outlines Strong US Role in Middle East at UN

Sep 24, 2013
President Barack Obama outlined his past and future policies toward the Middle East in his September 24 U.N. General Assembly speech. He committed to ensuring the free flow of oil from the region to world markets, dismantling terrorist networks, and stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He also promised that the United States would “continue to promote democracy, human rights, and open markets” to achieve peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

Report: Majority of Libyans Support Islamic Law

Sep 20, 2013
A majority of both Libyan men and women prefer Islamic law to be adopted as a main source of governance rather than the sole source, according to a new survey by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Some 54 percent of women think Sharia law would improve women’s rights, compared with 68 percent of men.

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

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