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Jane Harman Morning Joe

Assessing the Situation in Afghanistan, Syria, and Egypt

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman appeared on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" to discuss US foreign policy with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Morning Joe hosts. The conversation included discussion of UN Peace Envoy Kofi Annan’s call for a peaceful solution in Syria, whether the mission has been accomplished in Afghanistan, and the current state of Egypt.
Egypt: Islamist Ascent, Islamist Descent

Egypt: Islamist Ascent, Islamist Descent

The last week in Egypt was yet another breathtaking moment in the history of the Arab Spring. For the second time in two years, the Egyptian people have emerged victorious in a major confrontation with their government. Yet the road ahead is bumpy. Events in Egypt suggest that the Islamist ascendancy of the last few years has peaked and is now in decline. Yet the jury is still out on that question, and developments in Egypt will do much to answer it.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

The threat of military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is real, as bilateral relations touch a low point on Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, says Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. A former Wilson Center public policy scholar, Parsi questions whether efforts to negotiate and engage with Iran have hastened conflict, making war a more real risk than under the Bush administration, which employed a more hardline approach to Iran.

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.

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.

Iran Nuclear Tensions Less a Worry in Europe

Europeans feel less of a threat than do Americans, though proliferation remains a concern, EU lawmaker Tarja Cronberg tells Context. “I do not think there is the same sense of urgency ... or [the belief] that Iran could attack Europe.”

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