“Significant differences remain,” yet recent talks between major world powers and Tehran have at least set the stage for a second and hopefully more productive meeting slated for mid-June in Moscow. Both sides “want to make progress, and there is some common ground,” European foreign-policy representative Catherine Ashton said, following no agreement last week in Baghdad.
With the threat of further sanctions looming, Iran may be more inclined to halt uranium-enrichment efforts, and this week’s meetings on the country’s nuclear program is less tense than past talks. Still, plenty of obstacles lie on the road to an agreement, not least of which is US domestic politics this election year. Wilson Center expert Michael Adler analyzes the situation.
Greater political pluralism in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries of the region could augur less dependency on the US and a more independent foreign policy, Wilson Center expert Samer Shehata says. In this interview, Shehata and Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright analyze the Middle East’s evolving political landscape.
David B. Ottaway is a senior scholar at the Wilson Center who has recently returned from Algeria. The following piece is an overview of his observations of Algeria’s May 10 parliamentary elections.
The recent arrest of Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini human rights activist and recipient of the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, has drawn world-wide media attention. Human rights organizations have issued statements in support of releasing the activist, as media networks reported on the arrest.
The following is the text of the keynote address by Public Policy Scholar Moushira Khattab at the Centre for Development and Population Activities conference co-sponsored by the Middle East Program, “Fostering the Next Generation: Evolving Models of Women’s Leadership in the Middle East” held on April 18, 2012 at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright’s book Rock the Casbah has won the Cornelius Ryan Award for best non-fiction book on international affairs.
While Iran’s nuke talks in Istanbul were ‘constructive and useful,’ the real work is yet to come writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler in this follow-up report on the P5+1 talks in Istanbul.
No one expects a concrete agreement to come out of the P5+1 meeting to revive a diplomatic process that stalled almost a year-and-a-half ago. The success of this meeting hinges on whether the Islamic Republic is serious about making a deal on its nuclear program. But can such a weighty matter hinge on how an Iranian diplomat acts and speaks at a meeting, rather than on whether an agreement is reached? Michael Adler reports from Istanbul.
When Iran meets with Western powers Saturday, it surely won’t agree to changes in its nuclear program, diplomats say, writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. But an agreement to keep talking will be encouragement enough.
Experts & Staff
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Romano // Program Assistant
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Roya Hakakian // Fellow
- Lilia Labidi // Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- William Green Miller // Senior Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Joseph Sassoon // Fellow
- Abdulkader Sinno // Fellow
- Robert Worth // Public Policy Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar