Following the Hamas victory in Gaza and in advance of the March 28 Israeli elections, the Wilson Center hosted a Director's Forum to gauge Israeli, Palestinian, and Egyptian views on future prospects. The Israeli and Egyptian ambassadors, and the head of the PLO Mission, to the United States engaged in a spirited debate over opportunities for peace.
On an all new episode of Wilson Forum the state of the U.S. – Israeli relations and the current relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is discussed.
Efraim Halevy is a former Director of Mossad and former Head of the Israeli National Security Council. Aaron David Miller is the Vice President for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The interview took place following the October 18 meeting “Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel” at the Wilson Center.
Israeli-Palestinian talks are set to begin this week. How will we know if progress is being made? Aaron Miller says there are signs to look for to see if the talks are going anywhere.
What place does gender reform have in modern Islamic societies? A May 4 conference sponsored by the Middle East Program examined the efforts of reformist women to improve the status of women throughout the region.
During the 2011 uprisings, Arab protesters channeled decades of discontent with failed economic policy. However, the demise of leaders will not be enough to answer this discontent nor ensure productive development. Scholarship on the political determinants of economic development finds that the common recipe of expanding the private sector and increasing trade openness may be valuable but is not sufficient on its own for successful development. The Arab world’s economic path to 2011 included implementation in these areas, yet reform in underlying socio-economic structures and interests lagged. Addressing these conditions constitutes one of the most serious challenges facing Arab economies and politics.
In separate interviews, the Wilson Center's Jane Harman and Robin Wright discuss Egypt's fragile democracy.
Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman says offering asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - similar to the plan offered to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh - would be her preferred solution to the crisis.
The interim agreement on Iran’s nukes was fuzzy, but now the real talks have begun on what sort of capacities—from centrifuges to missiles—the Islamic Republic will retain in a new deal, writes Michael Adler.
March 17, 2014 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
March 20, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm