On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.
Two years into a term that promised to change the tone and substance of Iran’s politics and relationships around the world, a panel of experts gathered to assess President Rouhani’s performance beyond the nuclear deal. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey discusses ISIS and Turkey with Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, and David L. Philips, author of "The Kurdish Spring" on Charlie Rose.
"If there is one group in the Middle East that has managed to bloody ISIS seriously, it has been the Syrian Kurds. Therefore, ISIS has an incentive in hurting the Kurds wherever they are, whether it is in Turkey or in Syria," says Henri Barkey in this interview on CNN.
Robert Litwak, author of “Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves,” has spent decades working on nonproliferation issues and has been following the Iran negotiations since they began. Now that a deal has been achieved, we asked him to provide a concise preliminary analysis of what it means and where we go from here.
"I have argued that arresting Jason and keeping him for such a long time and finally bringing him on trial is just an effort by the hardliners to embarrass President Rouhani, the Foreign Minister, and the whole team of negotiators,” said Haleh Esfandiari during this interview on CNN.
On this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Congress expert Donald Wolfensberger describes the role of Congress in the Iran nuclear negotiations.
How is ISIS best understood? Is it a terror group like al-Qaeda or something different? Is it truly a religious group or does is simply use Islam for its own purposes? And if ISIS can be defeated, how long will it take and what would victory look like? Hassan Hassan, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, provides us with a revealing look inside the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization.
Now that the dust has begun to settle on the nuclear deal with Iran, we asked two expert observers, Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak, to provide preliminary analysis. Both have been following the story since the beginning and bring unique perspectives on the deal’s strengths and weaknesses, and also on reactions in both Iran and the US. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
In a region already known for volatility, the Middle East continues to encounter new levels of crisis as conflicts rage in a number of countries. According to a panel of regional experts, “crisis” will continue to be the order of the day in 2015. Their observations on what’s been happening and what to expect in the coming months is the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Experts & Staff
- Henri J. Barkey // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Craig Romano // Program Assistant
- Ismail Alexandrani // Visiting Arab Journalist
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Laura Blumenfeld // Public Policy Fellow
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Jeffrey Goldberg // Distinguished Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director Emerita, Middle East Program