Middle East and North Africa News

Syria’s Peace Initiative

Jul 11, 2012
In this interview on CTV News, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright discusses the nuanced message in Annan’s latest speech and the great stake that Syria’s allies Russia and Iran have in the outcome of the conflict. Would Assad’s ouster bring peace to Syria or would violence erupt among Syria’s various ethnic groups in a bid for power?
Jane Harman Morning Joe

Assessing the Situation in Afghanistan, Syria, and Egypt

Jul 11, 2012
Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman appeared on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" to discuss US foreign policy with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Morning Joe hosts. The conversation included discussion of UN Peace Envoy Kofi Annan’s call for a peaceful solution in Syria, whether the mission has been accomplished in Afghanistan, and the current state of Egypt.
Camp David

How Not to Host a Summit

Jul 11, 2012
The 2000 peace talks at Camp David offer three key lessons on how not to solve the world's most intractable conflict, writes Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller in Foreign Policy magazine.

Jane Harman on Charlie Rose

Jul 10, 2012
Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman appeared on Charlie Rose in a wide-ranging interview about Egypt and the Arab Spring, money in politics, and her work at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Iran Nuclear Talks Stagger On With Little Progress

Jul 09, 2012
Talks with Iran on its nuclear work have continued but little progress has been made. Iran nuclear expert Michael Alder reports that a "large gap" remains between the positions of Iran and the six nations negotiating with it – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France.

New Book by Former Wilson Center Fellow

Jul 03, 2012
Former Wilson Center Fellow Samer Shehata is the editor of a newly published book: Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge). Shehata wrote the book’s introduction and one of the chapters entitled “Political Da‘wa: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood’s Participation in Semi-Authoritarian Elections.” He was a Fellow at the Center in 2008-2009.

Syria Action Group Plan May Only Add to Muddle

Jul 03, 2012
Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller writes that right now, the conflict in Syria is less amenable to outside intervention than at any point since it began, precisely because it’s owned — as only a struggle for survival can be — by the parties waging it, not by the members of the Action Group on Syria.

Full Monty Of Iran Sanctions Biting But May Take Months To Force Change

Jul 02, 2012
The U.S. and Europe have begun imposing the toughest sanctions on Iran since the nuclear crisis began a decade ago but it could be months before they start to affect negotiations, writes Michael Adler in AOL Defense.

Can the EU Oil Embargo Bring Iran Back to the Bargaining Table?

Jun 27, 2012
As nuclear talks with Iran remained deadlocked, the EU confirmed plans for a full embargo of Iranian crude oil exports commencing July 1. Will these sanctions force Iran back to the bargaining table? Michael Adler explains the latest developments.

Russia Worries About Future of Iranian Nuke Talks

Jun 27, 2012
In this exclusive interview by Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov revealed how things went in the room with the Iranians and what Russia now hopes for going forward.

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