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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Rouhani and the Potential Failure of Nuclear Talks

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Sep 17, 2014
In the quick move to resolve the nuclear issue, Rouhani’s calculation was that navigating Iran’s highly contentious domestic environment will become easier with the resolution of Iran’s external issues first. Without a nuclear agreement in hand, his platform of “moderation and prudence” will become more difficult to pursue and implement, but not impossible. more

Turkey after the Elections: Identity, Democracy and Foreign Policy

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September 22, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Turkey has had two important elections in 2014 and general elections are expected in June 2015. Prime Minister Davutoğlu has set targets for substantial developments in political, economic and foreign policy realms. In addition, pressing events in the region may force Turkey to take action outside its borders. This panel will address Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges in this wider context. more
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Which Boots on the Ground Can We Trust?

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Sep 17, 2014
"I do think boots on the ground are necessary to achieve the mission... but the face of the boots on the ground ought to be a Muslim face from the region," says Jane Harman in this interview on Morning Joe. more

An Assessment of President Rouhani’s Visit to the United States

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September 29, 2014 // 12:00pm1:30pm
During his U.S. trip to attend the UN General Assembly meeting last year when hopes were high for some kind of Iran-U.S. reconciliation, Iran’s newly-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, even had a friendly telephone conversation with President Obama. Please join us for an assessment of Mr. Rouhani’s 2014 trip to UNGA. more

Four Terror Threats More Grave Than Islamic State

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Sep 15, 2014
While ISIS is among the most terrifying terror threats to emerge in recent decades, Washington inflates the risks it poses to the U.S. homeland. Washington should be more focused on these four groups in particular, writes Michael Kugelman. more

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