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"They Tried to Break My Spirit"

Oct 07, 2009
Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari chronicles her interrogation and incarceration in Iran, including 105 days in solitary confinement at Evin Prison, in My Prison, My Home. The new book is set against the backdrop of fond memories of her Iranian upbringing, with insights into the current troubled political climate.

Small Surprise in UN Nuclear Report on Iran

Aug 28, 2009
The UN nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued today a long expected report on Iran and another on Syria. Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler comments on the reports.

Reformist Women Thinkers in Islamic Societies

Jul 01, 2009
What place does gender reform have in modern Islamic societies? A May 4 conference sponsored by the Middle East Program examined the efforts of reformist women to improve the status of women throughout the region.

To Deal With Iran, Treasury Dept. Addresses Its Private-Sector Financiers

Dec 19, 2008
Treasury Dept. terrorism specialist Stuart Levey, journalist Robin Wright, and former IMF executive Jahangir Amuzegar discuss the Treasury's strategy of peacefully confronting Iran by destroying its "credit rating." The event was hosted by the Wilson Center's Middle East Program.

Haleh Esfandiari Receives "Leader for Democracy" Award from POMED

Dec 11, 2008
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Middle East Program Director, Haleh Esfandiari, was honored in recognition of her outstanding and inspirational work. She, along with Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a former Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, were among the first three recipients of the "Leader for Democracy" award given by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

Why 'Soft' Power in Iran is Counterproductive

Oct 11, 2007
Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak explain why the realities in the diplomatic arena and on the ground in Iran call for a change of approach in U.S. foreign policy.

A Homecoming for All of Us

Oct 01, 2007
Outreach & Communications Director Sharon McCarter traveled to the Middle East last year with Haleh Esfandiari and shares her thoughts about her colleague and friend.

Wilson Center Welcomes Home Haleh Esfandiari

Sep 25, 2007
After eight months of being stranded in Iran, including four months in prison, Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari is excited to return to her family and work. In this Centerpoint cover story, read about her ordeal, efforts to bring her home, and the broader implications for scholars visiting rogue countries.

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