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Who Lost Iraq?

"We didn't sign up for nation-building, kept denying that's what we wanted to do, and in the end stopped trying," writes Aaron David Miller.
The Islamists are Coming CONTEXT

The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are

Greater political pluralism in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries of the region could augur less dependency on the US and a more independent foreign policy, Wilson Center expert Samer Shehata says. In this interview, Shehata and Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright analyze the Middle East’s evolving political landscape.

Wilson Center Mourns the Death of Mohamad Chatah

The Wilson Center is deeply saddened by the horrific death of Mohamad Chatah, Lebanon's former Finance Minister and Ambassador to the U.S., writes Jane Harman.

Mixed Set of Expectations for Iran’s New President

When Hassan Rouhani takes office as Iran’s newly elected president on August 3, the expectations of those who elected him and expect him to pursue a moderate course will be high, but many remain skeptical about the prospects for real change. Leading Iran expert Shaul Bakhash provides context on expectations for the new president.

Arab Journalist Discusses Egypt's New President, U.S. Foreign Policy toward her Country

Visiting Arab Journalist Yassmine Hani discusses her impressions of Egypt's new president, Egypt's relations toward Israel in light of the Muslim Brotherhood victory, and U.S. foreign policy toward her country.

Reflections on Religious Freedom Issues in Egypt

Egypt's civil liberties have been called into question several times since the January 25 Revolution. Most recently, Egypt issued a law limiting preaching at mosques to graduates of Al-Azhar University. While this has come under heavy criticism both nationally and internationally, this decision is an attempt by Egypt to regulate, not restrict, religious freedoms, and in so doing puts Egypt back on the road to recovery from years of religious misinterpretation.

Moscow Talks Grind To Halt; Some Progress Claimed

"The goal of winning "concrete steps" from Iran is still far away. This gives fuel to those who argue that time is running out because Iran continues to expand its enrichment and other nuclear work. And it puts a question mark over what the results in Moscow mean going forward," writes Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler.

Can Egypt’s Latest Lifeline Result in a Modern Constitution?

Egyptians have embarked on yet another battle in their fight for freedom—a fight they started when they took to the streets on January 25, 2011. This fight continued in battles on June 30 and July 26, 2013. A committee of ten experts appointed by the interim president Adly Mansour has proposed a host of amendments to Egypt’s 2012 constitution—a flawed constitution by all standards. The amendments will be further examined by a committee of 50 formed on September 1, 2013 through a mixture of appointment and elections before finally being put to referendum.

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