In September 2003, the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Africa and Middle East Programs co-sponsored a forum on Women, Islam and Human Rights in Africa. At the forum, a notable keynote address was presented by the distinguished feminist scholar, Ayesha Imam, coordinator of the Nigerian women’s rights organization, BAOBOB. Here are Dr. Imam’s remarks, presented in the form of responses to queries posed by Woodrow Wilson Fellow and forum organizer, Mary Osirim.
On September 17, 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, following 13 tough days of negotiation. On September 17, 2003, members of the Israeli, Egyptian, and U.S. delegations who participated in the Camp David negotiations came to the Wilson Center to commemorate and reflect on this historic event. Video of the event is available here online.
Iran marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution on February 11. Shaul Bakhash, who witnessed the revolution first-hand, reflects on the revolution’s tumultuous birth and its legacy and how it differed from the still-born revolution in Egypt during the Arab Spring.
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.
Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO at the Wilson Center, in a discussion with Mahmoud Jibril, Former Interim Prime Minister of Libya and Head of the National Forces Alliance.
The Middle East Program's Haleh Esfandiari compares the approach of various Muslim countries toward population growth and family planning, in this Point of View column from the May issue of Centerpoint.
Many Iraqis have expressed outrage and protested against the Ja’fari bill on jurisprudence and personal status.