October 18, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Middle East is churning – Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Rarely had there been a period this complex with so many moving parts. Join us as Efraim Halevy, former Director of Mossad and one of Israel’s most preeminent strategic thinkers, talks about developments in the region and their implications for Israel and the United States.
October 12, 2012 // 1:00pm — 3:00pm
Khosrow Semnani will present the findings of his new report, “The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble,” which offers a detailed, scientific discussion of the human and environmental consequences of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. The report and the discussion will highlight a largely overlooked issue in the intensifying public debate in the United States over the wisdom of using military force to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
October 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
By talking about such complexities (existence of a large grey economy, regional interdependencies, deep-rooted merchant tradition, existence of semi-state economic institution etc.), the speakers will address the issue why sanctions do not have the intended result in Iran.
October 02, 2012 // 8:15am — 1:00pm
The meeting "Women after the Arab Awakening" follows up on the May 14, 2012 meeting and publication on "Is the Arab Awakening Marginalizing Women?"
September 28, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
His Excellency Abd Rabbo Mansur al-Hadi, president of the Republic of Yemen, will join the Wilson Center's Jane Harman and the Atlantic Council's Frederick Kempe to discuss progress and challenges in Yemen and the role of the international community.
September 28, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
As Iraq strengthens its political, defense, and security capabilities, Iran’s claims to hegemony in the Gulf and over Iraq appear to be weakening. Professors David Siddhartha Patel, Mohsen Milani, and F. Gregory Gause will examine Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf Arab perceptions of a shifting balance of power in the region and its implications for strategic planning and regional stability. Roy Mottahedeh will analyze the role and influence of the Shi’a clerics and institutions in Iraq and Iran on politics and governance.
September 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Over the past year in Egypt, Margot Badran has witnessed how in a society sharply polarized for several decades the old categories of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ have become increasingly meaningless as descriptors of clearly marked social identity yet also retain considerable political force. She discusses how sustained dichotmization impedes the construction of a new Egypt drawing upon her observations in both the capital and the provinces.
September 21, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
The region is in the midst of a historic but turbulent transition. Almost all the region's fault lines are in flux. Shia versus Sunnis; Iran versus its many enemies; militant Islam versus moderate Islam; and the Syrian dictatorship versus its own people, let alone the perennial Israel versus the Palestinians. While these are regional fault lines, nowhere do they all collide together the way they do in Lebanon - with potentially great ramifications for the country's security, its politics, and its future. Chatah will address these conflicts and related policy questions for Lebanon, for the rest of the region, and for the United States.
September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ottaway reports on the state of the Saudi kingdom based on his latest trip to Saudi Arabia.
September 13, 2012 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
Former senior national security officials, military officers, and experts with decades of Middle East experience will convene to present the Iran Project’s Report, a balanced, fact-based analysis on the benefits and costs of military action against Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions about the ability of military action to achieve U.S. objectives, they offer in this report a foundation for clear thinking about the potential use of force against Iran.