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Will Progress On Nuke Talks Mean More Engagement From Iran?

Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari contributes to NPR's "All Things Considered" on the topic of "Will Progress On Nuke Talks Mean More Engagement From Iran?"

Challenges to Women’s Security in the MENA Region

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2013, the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center invited a cross-section of women activists, politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs to give us their views on the challenges women face to their security. This publication, “Challenges to Women’s Security in the MENA Region” includes pieces from 42 women from 20 countries including the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, and countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region shared with us their concerns, disappointments, and hopes for women.

Is Arab-Israeli Peace Possible?

Recent events in the Middle East, including Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and the results of Israeli and Palestinian elections, generated varied reactions among panelists at a May 10 conference, which featured current and former government officials from the region. This was one of several recent meetings to discuss the unfolding situation.

How Egypt will shape the new Middle East order

Egypt’s long election season is not just about forming a new government. The real stakes in the 12-week vote for parliament and the two-stage presidential contest are defining a new order—the critical issue across the Middle East for years to come.

The Hague Tribunal and the Hariri Assassination

On January 16 in The Hague, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will open the trial of the suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri and 21 others who died with him. This trial can be important for Lebanon, for the region, and for the United Nations' tribunals because it carries the hope of ending a culture of impunity in Lebanon and in introducing a new culture that chooses the courts and the rule of law over revenge, retribution, and violence in the Middle East. The outcome of the trial has stark implications for the future of Lebanon and for international justice.

Region’s Hardliners Will Take Heart

The military government that is fast taking shape in Egypt will strengthen the hands of the hardliners across the region, writes Haleh Esfandiari in The New York Times.

"They Tried to Break My Spirit"

Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari chronicles her interrogation and incarceration in Iran, including 105 days in solitary confinement at Evin Prison, in My Prison, My Home. The new book is set against the backdrop of fond memories of her Iranian upbringing, with insights into the current troubled political climate.

Middle East Roundtable & Context: Venezuela

Haleh Esfandiari, Joshua Stacher , and Aaron Miller discuss the latest developments in the Middle East. In our second segment, Cynthia Arnson provides insight into the re-election of Hugo Chavez.

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