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U.S. Troops Leave Iraq: The Arab World Reacts

Almost eight years after the invasion of Iraq, U.S. troops are on their way home. The Wilson Center interviews James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, about a new poll he conducted to gauge reactions to the withdrawal of American forces.

Egypt: The Closing of the Political Space

The election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the presidency brings Egypt one step closer to the full implementation of the transitional road map. The last step, the holding of parliamentary elections, is also on schedule. Yet Egypt is not getting closer to democracy. The lopsided result of the presidential elections, with 96.91 of the votes going to al-Sisi, is not a sign of healthy pluralism. The draft of the new parliamentary election law will further hamper pluralism and it will promote fragmentation by reserving about 70 percent of parliamentary seats for independent candidates.

The Truly Massive Challenges Facing Iran's New President

After the Aug. 4 inauguration, Rouhani will face a grueling test of the popularity he won at the polls against five other candidates, writes Robin Wright.

Haleh Esfandiari Receives "Leader for Democracy" Award from POMED

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Middle East Program Director, Haleh Esfandiari, was honored in recognition of her outstanding and inspirational work. She, along with Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a former Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, were among the first three recipients of the "Leader for Democracy" award given by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).
Jane Harmon discusses Syria on Morning Joe

Chemical Weapons in Syria?

Jane Harman appears on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria.

Syria Action Group Plan May Only Add to Muddle

Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller writes that right now, the conflict in Syria is less amenable to outside intervention than at any point since it began, precisely because it’s owned — as only a struggle for survival can be — by the parties waging it, not by the members of the Action Group on Syria.

A Changing Middle East: The View From Lebanon

Situated between Israel and Syria, Lebanon sits in the center of a region experiencing an unprecedented period of change. Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Fuad Siniora discusses the impact of the Arab Spring on his country, the conflict in Syria, and the future of the region.

Can the U.S. Rally Middle Eastern Countries to Halt Iraq Violence?

Wilson Center Scholar Robin Wright, David Ignatius, Tavis Smiley and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson discuss Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to push the Middle East to address the instability in Iraq.

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