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Advancing Human Rights Under Adverse Conditions

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke about her struggle to secure basic human rights in Iran and to dispel the notion that Islam and human rights, particularly for women and children, are incompatible. Video of her presentation is available here.

Egypt and the Art of Compromise

"The referendum on Egypt's constitution scheduled for Saturday is a sign that Egyptians of varying views are finally playing politics, not just planning protests. Washington should embrace this in its newfound role of providing guidance without interfering. In other words, it should be coach, not captain," writes Jane Harman in The Washington Post.

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves

"Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves"

Can Egypt Become a Representative Democracy?

Jane Harman discusses the Egyptian Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the country’s lower house of parliament and the second round of Egyptian Presidential elections on Fox News Live.

MENA Women: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2014

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014, the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center invited a cross-section of women activists, politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs to give us their views on the situation for women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This publication, “MENA Women: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2014” includes pieces from 44 women from 22 countries including Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, and other countries in the MENA region, plus the United States, Austria, Indonesia, and Sudan, who shared with us their concerns and hopes for women.

The Tally

The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

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