About the Middle East Program

The Middle East Program combines the intellectual grounding of its scholars with the power of its convening space to produce actionable ideas for policymakers around the world. Our Program offers a breadth and depth of programming on the prevailing economic, political, and social norms in the MENA region. We pay special attention to the role of women, the aspirations of the younger generation, and democratic and autocratic tendencies in governance. MORE

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Youth and Civil Society: The Missing Powers in Yemen

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June 11, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Mohammad Al-Shami will discuss the different stakeholders and positions in Yemen and review what is happening on the ground. He will also draw attention to the struggles and consequences that Yemenis face if the conflict continues without an immediate solution. In addition, Al-Shami will highlight the importance of empowering youth movements and civil society in Yemen in order to mobilize the community to promote peace. more

Turkey: Parliamentary Elections and their Aftermath

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June 09, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
The June 7 Turkish elections are shaping up to be one of the most contested, if not critical, of recent times. At stake is whether the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will succeed in achieving the majority it needs to initiate a process to change the constitution and transform the country into a presidential system. Participants will discuss the election results and consider how these will affect Turkish domestic and foreign policy in the months to come. more

Sarajevo Roses, Tahrir Protests & Djerbahood: Injustice, Youth & Resilience

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June 03, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
In the Balkans, local youth, unsatisfied by attempts to deal with post-conflict and post-authoritarian injustice, launched their own forms of activism. Arnaud Kurze will discuss why and how, despite repressive politics, youth were able to create alternative spaces to express their political voice. more
Webcast

Haleh Esfandiari Interview on Trumped Up Charges Against Jason Rezaian

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May 27, 2015
"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. more

A Warning in Iran’s Closed-Door Trial of Reporter Jason Rezaian

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May 26, 2015
"The ministry, aided by a pliant judiciary, may be trying to make an example of Mr. Rezaian. His experience serves as a warning to other Iranians or dual nationals who work for foreign news agencies in Iran or universities and think tanks abroad. The message? Such Iranians should not feel free, or safe, to travel between Iran and the U.S. or Europe," writes Haleh Esfandiari more

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