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Beyond Dichotomy: Building a New Egypt

September 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Over the past year in Egypt, Margot Badran has witnessed how in a society sharply polarized for several decades the old categories of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ have become increasingly meaningless as descriptors of clearly marked social identity yet also retain considerable political force. She discusses how sustained dichotmization impedes the construction of a new Egypt drawing upon her observations in both the capital and the provinces.

Russian-Iranian Relations: Implications for U.S. Policy

September 24, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Cosponsored by the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center || Kennan Institute U.S. Alumni Series || Moscow does not want to see Tehran acquire nuclear weapons. Despite this, Russia has been reluctant to cooperate much with the U.S. in preventing this. In his talk, Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University, and former Title VIII-Supported Research and Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute, will discuss why this is.
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The Middle East in Transition: A Lebanese Perspective

September 21, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
The region is in the midst of a historic but turbulent transition. Almost all the region's fault lines are in flux. Shia versus Sunnis; Iran versus its many enemies; militant Islam versus moderate Islam; and the Syrian dictatorship versus its own people, let alone the perennial Israel versus the Palestinians. While these are regional fault lines, nowhere do they all collide together the way they do in Lebanon - with potentially great ramifications for the country's security, its politics, and its future. Chatah will address these conflicts and related policy questions for Lebanon, for the rest of the region, and for the United States.
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Saudi Arabia's Race Against Time

September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Ottaway reports on the state of the Saudi kingdom based on his latest trip to Saudi Arabia.
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Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran

September 13, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Former senior national security officials, military officers, and experts with decades of Middle East experience will convene to present the Iran Project’s Report, a balanced, fact-based analysis on the benefits and costs of military action against Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions about the ability of military action to achieve U.S. objectives, they offer in this report a foundation for clear thinking about the potential use of force against Iran.
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Combating Extremism Through Education: Lessons from Pakistan and Across the Muslim World

September 11, 2012 // 4:00pm5:15pm
A top education policy official in Pakistan discusses how his country--and the wider Muslim World--can fight radicalism through revitalized policies that increase access to science and technology education.
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Will the Ongoing Nuclear Talks with Iran Yield Better Results than Past Efforts?

September 07, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Experts who participated in a February 2011 seminar on the Brazilian-Turkish mediation with Iran return to the Wilson Center to assess the ongoing negotiations and possible outcomes.
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Japan’s Middle East Policy since 9/11

July 25, 2012 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Japan’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, more broadly, on Middle East issues generally has been shaped by two key factors: Tokyo’s quest for oil, and its awareness of the wider international diplomatic and political setting. Unfortunately for Japan, these two considerations have frequently pushed Japanese policy makers in opposite directions. Historically, Japan has preferred a low-key approach to the region. But in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Tokyo has faced increasing pressure to become more engaged--more specifically, to contribute to the U.S.-led war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Does Japan aspire to be a relevant player in the Middle East? Can it play such a role, if it wishes to do so? Wilson Center visiting scholar Yuka Uchida will discuss these and related issues as she explores the post-9/11 evolution of Japanese policy in the broader Middle East.

Book Launch: Little America--The War Within the War for Afghanistan

July 16, 2012 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Former Public Policy Scholar Rajiv Chandrasekaran discusses his latest book, Little America--The War Within the War for Afghanistan.
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Syria: What Lies Ahead

July 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
What if the Syrian opposition doesn't unite? Are the Alawites preparing for a separate state? Are the Kurds? What is the likely impact of a Sunni dominated Syrian government on the region? How much U.S. intervention is the right amount? Landis discusses these questions and the future of Syria.

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