February 09, 2015 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
With rising tensions with Hezbollah; civil war in Syria; Nusra on the Golan Heights; the Palestinian move at the International Criminal Court; and the beginning of end game diplomacy with Iran, Israel sits at the nexus of much of what America cares about in the Middle East. Please join us for the first in a series of conversations with prominent Israelis about the future of Israel and the U.S.-Israeli relationship in the run-up to Israel’s March 17 elections.
February 04, 2015 // 1:30pm — 4:15pm
As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center convened an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment.
February 02, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
As one of the most moderate, vocal and courageous political leaders in Lebanon, Mr. Ahmad El-Assaad, will speak about the political situation in Lebanon and the region, the impact of the extremist movements, and what can be done to alleviate and ultimately eliminate these movements. He is the founder, director, and chairman of the Saving the Next Generation Foundation, an organization which offers educational and recreational opportunities to youth in the region.
January 30, 2015 // 12:10pm — 1:15pm
January 22, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The New Silk Road Initiative, originally envisioned in 2011, seeks to promote greater regional connectivity through improved trade and transit, the development of regional energy markets, strengthened customs and border operations, and deeper people-to-people and business relationships. What is the potential for this initiative, and what concrete steps have been taken? What are the challenges and opportunities, particularly against the backdrop of the recent foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan? And how can the New Silk Road Initiative help benefit an Afghanistan that faces major economic challenges?
January 20, 2015 // 9:30am — 11:00am
The Middle East, already the world’s most volatile region, faces some of its toughest challenges in a century: Borders have been redrawn in Syria and Iraq. States from Libya to Yemen are collapsing. Autocracy is again on the rise in Egypt. And diplomacy is teetering with Iran. Meanwhile, the United States is being sucked back into the region. Come hear four top experts explore the crises of 2015, the stakes, and where they’re headed.
January 15, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Nicola Pedde, the Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Rome, discussed Iran’s evolving domestic political situation and its relationship with the United States.
December 11, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
General John Allen, recently appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, was selected by President Obama to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group. Join us for General Allen’s first public discussion of the threat posed by the Islamic State.
December 09, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi Member of Parliament in Iraq, will discuss the plight of the Yazidi women since the attack by ISIS. Dakhil, who gave an impassioned speech in Iraq’s parliament about the ISIS attack, is known as the voice of Iraq’s Yazidi minorities.
December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
May Rihani will discuss her new book, Cultures Without Borders, the memoir of a Lebanese woman whose life defies Western stereotypes about Arab women. Rihani, who has traveled to 71 countries and has worked in more than 40, discovers that the common ground among cultures eclipses the differences.
Experts & Staff
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Romano // Program Assistant
- Ismail Alexandrani // Visiting Arab Journalist
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Jeffrey Goldberg // Distinguished Fellow
- Roya Hakakian // Fellow
- Lilia Labidi // Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- William Green Miller // Senior Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Max Rodenbeck // Fellow
- Joseph Sassoon // Fellow
- Abdulkader Sinno // Fellow
- Samir Sumaida’ie // Public Policy Scholar
- Robert Worth // Public Policy Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar