"Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey some forty miles from the Syrian border, has become a bustling hub at the center of the Middle East’s latest conflict. It’s a destination for spies and refugees, insurgent fighters and rebel leaders, foreign-aid workers and covert jihadists—all enmeshed in Syria’s multisided war," writes Robin Wright.
Despite the failure to secure a deal on Monday, the diplomatic tone between Tehran and Washington has become almost civil, and occasionally even friendly, writes Robin Wright.
"Here are the four faulty (or yet to be realized) assumptions that drove the talented and committed U.S. negotiators to believe that a comprehensive agreement was possible," writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.
"Western negotiators and Iran had more than a year to reach a comprehensive deal. Despite repeated assertions that Nov. 24 was a firm deadline, it seems that neither side took the date seriously," write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert S. Litwak.
"On the morning I called my mother from my interrogation session to tell her I was being taken to prison, I urged her to be strong. “You be strong,” she replied," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
When it comes to falling oil prices, good news at the pump could be very bad news when it comes to geopolitics. Many oil exporting nations could be facing fiscal and political calamity if prices were to drop and remain at levels lower than $100 per barrel. A panel of topic and regional experts discussed the situation during a recent Wilson Center event. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
With the latest deadline approaching, P5+1 and Iranian negotiators are attempting to make headway on a long awaited deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Is a deal possible or likely? What will it take to reach a compromise? And if talks break down, what are the consequences? Robert Litwak has been following the story and provides an overview of the possibilities in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.
Many fear that competition for fresh water will increasingly lead to conflict as the world’s most essential resource becomes more scarce. But a project involving Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordan youth, emanating from a region fraught with conflict, represents the possibility for cooperation instead of conflict. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
In this Context interview, Jubin Goodarzi, Middle East scholar and analyst, discussed the complicated regional dynamics among Iraq, Syria, and Iran.
Experts & Staff
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia 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 // Middle East Fellow
- Marina Ottaway // Middle East Fellow
- Max Rodenbeck // Fellow
- Robert Worth // Public Policy Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar