February 27, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Some call it the Islamist winter while others talk of revolution betrayed. Neither claim portrays accurately what is happening in Arab countries in the throes of popular uprisings and rapid political change. The rise of Islamist parties in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings took most by surprise, including in some cases the Islamist parties themselves, which were more successful than they dared to hope. Coupled with the disarray of the secular opposition, the success of Islamist parties augurs poorly for democracy, because a strong, competitive opposition is the only guarantee against the emergence of a new authoritarianism.
February 21, 2013 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
While there is much talk of an “Arab” view of Iran, there are in fact significantly divergent views on Tehran’s role, even among rulers in the region. Shibley Telhami will present his analysis and paper on this subject at the United States Institute of Peace.
February 14, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Demography will play an increasingly important role in determining the future of the state of Israel. Population size and structure, the changing demographic balance both between Israelis and Palestinians and among Israel’s religious and secular communities, and the unique circumstances of Israel’s Arab citizens will increasingly define this future. Join us for a discussion of these issues with one of Israel’s leading demographers.
February 08, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The pronounced role of sanctions in creating shortages of life-saving medical supplies and drugs in Iran may have been unintentional, but they are also irrefutable. Iran’s own mismanagement of the situation aggravated the problem, but it is not the root cause of it. While the list of problems leading to the supply crunch is long and complicated, at the heart of it all are the obstacles that sanctions have created in denying Iran of the needed banking operations and limiting its access to hard currency. Namazi presents these findings that were based on a recent study that he and a number of Iranian consultants carried out.
January 29, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Three tops experts in the field will discuss Iran’s domestic, foreign policy, and nuclear challenges.
January 29, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Arab uprisings of December 2011 and beyond coincided with the efforts of an ad hoc group of global authoritarian states—led by China, Russia, and Iran—to take advantage of these momentous events to enhance their diplomatic and strategic leverage in the Middle East and, in so doing, to defend their own authoritarian agendas at home and abroad. Brumberg and Heydemann present the main outlines of a joint USIP-Wilson Center paper. This event is the first in a series of five papers and presentations on “The Changing Security Architecture in the Middle East.”
January 24, 2013 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
Seven prominent Iranians, all former parliamentarians, have presented the leaders of Iran, the United States, and Europe with a framework for resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. Two of the parliamentarians and three American experts will discuss and debate the proposal.
January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The “Arab Awakening” has focused the world’s attention on young people in the Arab world, where they have been agitating for political reform. But what about young Saudis, who have not taken to the streets like many of their peers? Have they been affected by the “Arab Awakening?” A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of Its Twentysomethings explores the self-image of young Saudis and what they want when it comes to education, marriage, politics, religion, and personal liberties.
January 09, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The recent upheavals in the Middle East are challenging long-held assumptions about the dynamics between the United States, the Arab world, and Israel. In Pathways to Peace, today's leading experts explain these changes in the region and their positive implications for the prospect of a sustained peace between Israel and the Arab World.
January 08, 2013 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm