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Robin Wright on the Crisis in Iraq

Wilson Center Scholar Robin Wright and Les Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations talk on “Charlie Rose” about the escalating crisis in Iraq.

Middle East Program 2013 Year in Review

In 2013, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center produced 44 publications and 63 meetings. The summary of all of our activities is in the attachment below.

Ripples of the Arab Spring: Revolt and the Role of Women

Pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East since December 2010. The Wilson Center's Middle East Program continues to hold meetings to explore effects in different countries and among different groups, including women. Events included a June event in which three female panelists participated in the Wilson Center session from Egypt, via Skype.

Mohamed ElBaradei From Vienna to Cairo: A Transition

ElBaradei, the former international bureaucrat, is now in government in his homeland. It remains to be seen how he fares in this new role. The military, after all, is looking over his shoulder after putting him in power. ElBaradei’s delicate task will be to reassure the military while preserving his commitment to a real democracy. If the past is any guide, the mild-mannered Nobel Peace laureate may turn out to be surprising due to his tenacity.

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Diplomacy Inches Forward

The last round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program proceeded with a positive tone and ended with an agreement to meet again. Is it possible that a deal is in sight? Or is Iran simply engaged in stall tactics while its nuclear research and development moves forward? Iran Nuclear expert Michael Adler assesses the recent meeting and looks ahead to the next round of negotiations.

Is a Ground Invasion Next in Gaza?

Director Jane Harman joins NBC News’ Martin Fletcher on Morning Joe to discuss the latest crisis in Israel and Gaza, as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu puts further pressure on militants.

More Than Victims: The Role of Women in Conflict Prevention (PDF)

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Iran: The Week in Review

The Middle East Program offers the latest news on Iran, based on a selection of Iranian news sources. "Iran: The Week in Review" is a weekly summary of information with links to news in both English and Farsi. It includes the latest developments and analysis of news about the country. The Middle East Program will send "Iran: The Week in Review" every Thursday afternoon through the end of August.

Post-Post War Reconstruction in Iraq

In this Director's Forum, Nesreen Berwari, Minister for Municipalities and Public Works in Iraq outlined what has been accomplished and what lies ahead in the rebuilding of the nation. In her remarks, Berwari emphasized the critically important role of women in Iraq's transition to democracy and stability.

Voting as a Powerful Tool for Women

Hanin Ghaddar, a Lebanese public policy scholar at the Wilson Center, writes about the role that voting can play in empowering women in the Middle East. She discusses the need for the Arab Spring to be accompanied by a women's spring.

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