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Israel and Strategic Challenges in the Middle East

The Middle East continues to be a region in turmoil. From civil war in Syria to ongoing attempts to resolve disagreements over Iran’s nuclear program, there is no shortage of strategic challenges. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, Strategic Affairs, and International Relations, discusses these and other issues with the Wilson Center’s Director, President, and CEO, Jane Harman, during this episode of REWIND.

Iraqi Leaders Assess Progress, Plan for Their Country's Future

Despite difficulties and setbacks, many Iraqis are laboring tirelessly toward an Iraq that would embrace an inclusive and representative government, energized economy, and engaged civil society.

American Policy in Lebanon: Stability Through Dissociation

Lebanon is finally getting Washington’s attention after spending the last four years languishing on the back burner. The Lebanese are now hopeful that maybe the days when Lebanon was a priority in Washington are upon them once again.
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo August 7, 2012.

Syria: No Good Options

"Governing is about choosing. When America acts, it has to ask itself two questions, not just, can it accomplish it? If we wanted to unseat the Assads, we could do it. The question is not just that, it's what will it cost? It's the second question that always needs to accompany the first," said Aaron David Miller.

Full Monty Of Iran Sanctions Biting But May Take Months To Force Change

The U.S. and Europe have begun imposing the toughest sanctions on Iran since the nuclear crisis began a decade ago but it could be months before they start to affect negotiations, writes Michael Adler in AOL Defense.

Next Steps in the Middle East: Egyptian, Israeli, and Palestinian Perspectives

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.

Lebanon's Existential Threats

Once again Lebanon is facing crises that are driving it toward communal strife. The Syrian crisis and Hizbullah's involvement in it on the side of the Bashar al-Assad regime is dividing the country, stoking sectarian feelings, and forcing a political vacuum in the government. The flood of hundreds of thousands of refugees is adding to the explosive mix. Few Lebanese are trying to find a way out. Their success will depend on how the Syrian crisis turns out.

Young Saudis and The Kingdom’s Political Future

Many young Saudis admire the youthful protesters of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Bahrain. But they don’t seek to imitate their tactic of massive street protests. One reason why is that they still hope—despite the lack of available evidence—that the Saudi royal family will voluntarily begin to share power with the Saudi people. Presumably then, the government can rest easy? Not necessarily.

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