Middle East and North Africa News

Robin Wright’s book Rock the Casbah wins OPC Award

Apr 24, 2012
USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright’s book Rock the Casbah has won the Cornelius Ryan Award for best non-fiction book on international affairs.

Iran’s Tone Changes in Istanbul: Nuke Talks ‘Constructive and Useful’

Apr 15, 2012
While Iran’s nuke talks in Istanbul were ‘constructive and useful,’ the real work is yet to come writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler in this follow-up report on the P5+1 talks in Istanbul.
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Body Language, Small Steps Key to Iran Nuclear Talks

Apr 13, 2012
No one expects a concrete agreement to come out of the P5+1 meeting to revive a diplomatic process that stalled almost a year-and-a-half ago. The success of this meeting hinges on whether the Islamic Republic is serious about making a deal on its nuclear program. But can such a weighty matter hinge on how an Iranian diplomat acts and speaks at a meeting, rather than on whether an agreement is reached? Michael Adler reports from Istanbul.

Iran Meeting Isn’t Expected to Produce a Deal on Nuclear Capabilities

Apr 13, 2012
When Iran meets with Western powers Saturday, it surely won’t agree to changes in its nuclear program, diplomats say, writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. But an agreement to keep talking will be encouragement enough.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Is a Breakthrough Possible?

Apr 11, 2012
Expectations will be low at Saturday’s meeting on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. But dim hope is better than none at all, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler says. En route to Turkey, he tells Context the talks could reinvigorate diplomatic efforts between the West and Tehran.

Authorities Detain Nabeel Rajab at Cairo International Airport

Apr 11, 2012
2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner Nabeel Rajab was told by security personnel at the Cairo International Airport that he is banned from entering Egypt.

Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule

Apr 05, 2012
David Ottaway, a senior scholar at the Wilson Center, has recently returned from Tunisia. This piece is an overview of his observations of current challenges faced by Tunisia’s leadership.

Political Demography at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.

Exile of Assad Family A Key First Step in Political Transition

Apr 04, 2012
With a Tuesday ceasefire date in doubt and allegations continuing to swirl of military atrocities, it is becoming clearer that the first step of Syria’s political transition should be the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and his family, Wilson Center Director Jane Harman tells MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

Nabeel Rajab awarded the Advocacy Award from Index on Censorship

Apr 02, 2012
Former Wilson Center Public Policy Ion Ratiu Scholar Nabeel Rajab wins the Advocacy Award from Index on Censorship

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