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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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Iran and the Bomb: Why the U.S. Can’t Ride the Iranian Tiger

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May 01, 2015
"The Obama Administration believes it can use a nuclear agreement with Iran to ride and even domesticate the Persian tiger, harnessing its expansionist instincts to serve American interests. That’s not likely," writes Aaron David Miller. more
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A Retrospective: Gender and Politics in the Work of Shirin Neshat

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May 18, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
Three distinguished authors and specialists on Iran will discuss the achievements of the renowned artist, Shirin Neshat, whose work articulates, in original, imaginative art, the cultural and political dilemmas facing women in a society seeking to navigate the crossroads of Islam and the West. This meeting will be the first of two meetings on Shirin Neshat’s artwork. more

Watch out Washington, the Saudi Hawks are in Ascendancy

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Apr 30, 2015
The latest shakeup in the ruling House of Saud has assured that Washington’s favorite prince, Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, will now become king as he is anointed heir apparent. But it also likely heralds new tensions in U.S.-Saudi relations as a new breed of “Saudi hawks” comes to power. They are opposed to any U.S. détente with Iran, its chief rival for regional hegemony. They are also gearing up for a military showdown with Tehran’s allies in in the Yemeni civil war, while the Obama administration is pressing for a negotiated political solution there. more

The Saudi Royal Family Shakeup

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Apr 30, 2015
"The House of Saud, one of the world’s largest and richest royal families, experienced a quiet coup within its ranks shortly before dawn on Wednesday.... The shakeup, which concentrates power in a conservative wing of the vast royal family, could shape policy in the world’s largest oil exporter for decades," writes Robin Wright. more

Iran Hard-Liners’ Newest Obsession: Cohabitation

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Apr 29, 2015
"There is a yawning gap between many Iranians’ lives, or the lives they aspire to live, and the "Islamic" norm some authorities insist prevails in society," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more

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