July 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
June 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ismail Serageldin discusses how Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) saw the rebirth of an ancient institution of scholarship and learning. For eight years in Mubarak’s Egypt, the BA was a beacon for freedom and enlightenment, and helped promote the deep currents that fed Egypt’s revolution in the Arab Spring. Yet its own values and commitments were and are being put to the test as the Egyptian people challenge authority and take charge of their own destiny.
June 20, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
May 22, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
On the eve of the Baghdad meeting between Iran and the P5+1, two Iran experts discussed the role of domestic dynamics.
May 21, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Fawaz Gerges argues that with a new Middle East emerging from the revolutionary rubble, now is the time for President Obama to truly make headway in the region. In his new book, Obama and the Middle East: The End Of America's Moment, he dissects President Obama’s Middle East strategy.
May 17, 2012 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
Blue White Future, a non-partisan Israeli organization that seeks to help achieve a two-state solution, has developed a radical new approach to achieve this goal. Blue White Future’s co-founder Ami Ayalon presented the plan and for a wide-ranging discussion of prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
May 15, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The current framework governing the economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority has failed to deliver economic prosperity and opportunity to the Palestinian people. The resulting economic stagnation could threaten peace in the region. Experts offered an in-depth discussion of this topic.
May 14, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:45pm
The Middle East Program and the Council of Women World Leaders present "Is the Arab Awakening Marginalizing Women?" This conference was designed to assess how women in the MENA region have been affected by the Arab Awakening.
May 09, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Options for resolving the Syrian crisis run from bad to worse. How should the international community respond to the regime’s crackdown, sectarian conflict and Kofi Annan’s diplomacy?
May 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:30pm
Are revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya succeeding in delivering dignity and freedom, or are they being hijacked by illiberal forces? Amr Hamzawy, a leading voice of the Egyptian revolution who has become one of his country’s most active parliamentarians, and Wilson Center President Jane Harman will debate where Egypt and other transitioning Arab countries are headed. The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center invite you to participate in this inaugural event in a series of debates on the future of the transitioning Arab countries.
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- Haleh Esfandiari // Director, Middle East Program
- Mona Youssef // Program Associate
- Kendra Heideman // Program Assistant
- Michael Adler // Public Policy Scholar
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Shlomi Eldar // 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
- Emad El-Din Shahin // Public Policy Scholar
- Joby Warrick // Public Policy Scholar
- Robert Worth // Public Policy Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar