June 03, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:00am
In the Balkans, local youth, unsatisfied by attempts to deal with post-conflict and post-authoritarian injustice, launched their own forms of activism. Arnaud Kurze will discuss why and how, despite repressive politics, youth were able to create alternative spaces to express their political voice.
June 02, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Experts agree that the signing of a comprehensive nuclear agreement and the consequent lifting of external sanctions will have a positive impact on the Iranian economy. However, the pace of sanctions relief as well as actual policies of the Iranian government will produce different results for the economic development in the country. In his presentation, Khajehpour looks at various scenarios to discuss the potential economic impact of a comprehensive nuclear deal on the Iranian economy as well as the medium-term impact of a growing Iranian economy on oil and gas markets as well as regional trade and investment.
May 27, 2015 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention.
May 18, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Three distinguished authors and specialists on Iran discuss the achievements of the renowned artist, Shirin Neshat, whose work articulates, in original, imaginative art, the cultural and political dilemmas facing women in a society seeking to navigate the crossroads of Islam and the West. This meeting is the first of two meetings on Shirin Neshat’s artwork.
May 11, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Rami Khouri analyzes the many causes in the past two generations that converged to give birth to ISIS, noting that it reflects more the poor and often brutal quality of modern Arab statehood than any mass religious movement. ISIS also was not a surprise, in view of the fact that all serious mass movements in the Arab world since the 1970s have revolved around Islamist politics in one form or another. ISIS can be easily defeated militarily, but unless the underlying weaknesses and the poor quality of Arab statehood are resolved we will probably see even more brutal movements emerge in the future.
May 08, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
The formation of the new Netanyahu Government raises a great many questions about its policies and prospects. In this podcast conversation, two veteran analysts and scholars of Israeli politics and diplomacy assess and discuss.
April 28, 2015 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
How does Israel look at the emerging U.S.-Iranian nuclear agreement? What are the prospects of negotiations with the Palestinians? And what are the implications of recent Israeli elections for Israel’s national security policies? Please join us for the second in a series of conversations with prominent Israeli politicians and experts about the future of Israel in the region and the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
April 27, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa leaving the People’s Republic of China with a crisis on its Tibetan frontier. Drawing upon never before seen Chinese sources, Sulmaan Khan tells, for the first time, the story of how non-state actors moving across the Tibetan borderlands exposed state weakness and caused the PRC to move from empire-lite to a harder, heavier imperial formation. That change transformed Chinese policy towards the third world and the Cold War.
April 27, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Saad Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon and the leader of the Movement of the Future, discussed the Syrian conflict and its implications on security in Lebanon and the MENA region.
April 20, 2015 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Iran and the world's six major powers now face a June 30 deadline for converting a blueprint into a final nuclear deal. A unique panel of former U.S. and Iranian officials will assess the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran.
July 08, 2015 // 11:00am — 12:15pm
July 13, 2015 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Experts & Staff
- Henri J. Barkey // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Craig Romano // Program Assistant
- Ismail Alexandrani // Visiting Arab Journalist
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Laura Blumenfeld // Public Policy Fellow
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Jeffrey Goldberg // Distinguished Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Max Rodenbeck // Wilson Center Fellow
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director Emerita, Middle East Program