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Global Authoritarians and the Arab Spring: New Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy

January 29, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
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.”
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A Proposal for the Resolution of the Iranian Nuclear Standoff

January 24, 2013 // 1:00pm2:30pm
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.
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A Kingdom’s Future: Saudi Arabia Through the Eyes of its Twentysomethings

January 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.
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Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

January 09, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Iran: Is a Nuclear Deal Possible?

December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group over Iran's nuclear program may resume in the next few weeks; and the Obama administration has reaffirmed its readiness for direct negotiations with Iran over a range of issues. From Tehran, however, the response has been mixed, with senior officials both rejecting and signaling a willingness to engage in direct talks with the United States. Is a nuclear deal with Iran possible, or are the two sides moving toward a confrontation? Three top experts in the field debate the issue.
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Women’s Leadership in Times of Political Transitions: Some Lessons from Kyrgyzstan

December 13, 2012 // 9:30am10:30am
Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, will speak on women's leadership in times of political transitions.
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Who Leads the Arab World?

November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The Arab Spring is shifting the balance of power in the Arab World. Egypt's pre-eminence among Arab states is under challenge from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this period of crisis and change, who will speak for, and lead, the Arab states?
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Defining American Priorities in the Middle East

November 20, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
From Iran to Syria, to an unresolved Israeli–Palestinian issue, the Obama administration faces some extraordinary challenges in the Middle East that are likely to make 2013 a critical year. How does the United States prioritize its objectives? Is it realistic to think about solutions to these problems, or are managed outcomes more relevant?

Women Leading a Progressive Interpretation of the Shariah Law: Case Studies from Musawah (A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family)

November 19, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Zainah Anwar of Stanford University, introduced by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative.

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