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Tokenism or Real Participation?

Aug 24, 2005
The experience of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban, in Iran in the early days of the Islamic Republic, and now in Iraq, is a reminder that while considerable progress has been achieved in the area of women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa, reverses are always possible.

Iranian Election Results

Jun 28, 2005
In a recent media briefing held at the Wilson Center, Hadi Semati, Wilson Center public policy scholar and noted Iranian political analyst, commented on the results of the Iranian election, from voter turn-out to the future changes in Iran under its new president and the implications of the election results for Iran's domestic and foreign policies.

Family Planning and Islam

May 02, 2005
The Middle East Program's Haleh Esfandiari compares the approach of various Muslim countries toward population growth and family planning, in this Point of View column from the May issue of Centerpoint.

Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health

May 02, 2005
In this seminar series sponsored by the Wilson Center's Middle East Program, the Environmental Change and Security Project, and USAID, experts are convening to discuss such topics as safe motherhood, reproductive health and culture, fertility patterns, contraceptive use, and HIV.

The Culture of Death: Terrorist Organizations and Suicide Bombing

Feb 28, 2005
What do most cases of suicide terrorism have in common? Ami Pedazhur, an expert on suicide terrorism, describes the organizational, community, and personal levels of what he considers a social political phenomenon.

Building a New Iraq: Women's Role in Reconstruction

Oct 20, 2004
Iraq's progress toward democracy has been marred by violence, delays in reconstruction, and only intermittent nurturing of civil society. Despite these formidable obstacles, many Iraqis labor tirelessly for peace and stability. Among those strongly committed to a stable Iraq are the country's women, who face an ongoing battle for political representation. In this report, available for download, read how women leaders in Iraq are ensuring their voices are heard.

The Afghan Family Health Book

Aug 03, 2004
This week at the Wilson Center, Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will distribute pioneering interactive women's health books throughout Afghanistan this year. Built with the LeapPad learning system technology, the books are aimed especially at helping Afghan women who cannot read or write. The secretary's speech is available here. Video to come soon.

Getting the Story in Iraq---At What Cost?

Jul 22, 2004
In the chaotic, precarious landscape that is Iraq, can journalists do their job? 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and current Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Anthony Shadid contends that Iraq's future and journalists' ability to cover the nation are linked and will depend on the situation on the ground. In this article, Shadid relates what he has learned over the past year covering Iraq, both on the ground and here in Washington, DC. He also reveals what he considers the most far-reaching, if least noticed aspect of the war in Iraq.

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