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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MENA Women's News Brief

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May 05, 2015
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

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

Why U.S. Allies Saudi Arabia and Israel Are Looking Beyond Obama

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May 01, 2015
"As the administration looks more and more toward Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia will look beyond Barack Obama--biding their time, furthering their own agendas, and hoping that the next president, regardless of party, will see Tehran in a different light," writes Aaron David Miller. more
Webcast

A Retrospective: Gender and Politics in the Work of Shirin Neshat

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May 18, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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

Is Bashar al-Assad Finished, for Real, This Time, Again?

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May 01, 2015
Is Bashar al-Assad on his way out? Aaron David Miller interviews the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and the Atlantic Council’s Fred Hof (formerly Obama’s special advisor for the Syrian transition), two of the finest analysts of Syrian politics. more

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