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 breath 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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Civil War in Syria: How Will It End?

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Apr 24, 2014
Robert Ford, America’s recently retired ambassador to Syria, shares his thoughts on the use of force, the prospects for a diplomatic solution, and the possibility of collaborating with Iran during a candid discussion of the ongoing violence with Syria. more

Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

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April 29, 2014 // 8:30amApril 30, 2014 // 1:30pm
Please join us for a two-day screening of a selection of Iranian films highlighting the present day realities of women and youth in Iran. Each day concludes with a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. These films display the complexities and the various aspects of Iranian culture from a religious, traditional, and legal point of view. more

The OneVoice Movement: Toward a Two-State Solution

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May 01, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Join OneVoice Palestine-Gaza Director Ezzeldeen Masri as he discusses the challenges of promoting a two-state solution in Gaza and how civil society can push the negotiations forward. Ambassador Marc Ginsberg will provide introductory remarks. more

MENA Women's News Brief

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Apr 22, 2014
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-monthly basis. more

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

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May 22, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird will appear in conversation with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to discuss Bird's new biography, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Robert Ames was the CIA officer who created the first clandestine contacts with the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was among those killed in the April 1983 truck bomb attack that destroyed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. more

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Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

April 29, 2014 // 8:30amApril 30, 2014 // 1:30pm

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

May 22, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm

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