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

The Latest from the Middle East Program

Iran: Diplomacy Infinitum

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Nov 26, 2014
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. more

What Next For Iran and the P5+1

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Nov 25, 2014
The Middle East Program would like to share a special edition of our Viewpoints series, "What Next for Iran and the P5+1." Thirty-two experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, including many former Wilson Center scholars and fellows, have contributed to this special edition. more

4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

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Nov 25, 2014
"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. more

Iran’s Nuclear Politics and Missed Opportunities

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Nov 25, 2014
"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. more

Iran Nuclear Extension: Key to Deal or an Empty Room?

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December 01, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Why wasn’t a comprehensive deal reached by the November 24th deadline? And what are the prospects that a seven month extension might produce one? Join us BY PHONE as four long-time Iran watchers discuss Iran, the nuclear issue and U.S. policy. more

Upcoming Events

Podcast

Iran Nuclear Extension: Key to Deal or an Empty Room?

December 01, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am

Jerusalem in Crisis? A Conversation with Danny Seidemann

December 01, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm

A Conversation with May Rihani

December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm

Experts & Staff

The Islamists Are Coming