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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Coordinating the Global Effort to Counter ISIL: A Conversation with General John Allen

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Dec 19, 2014
Retired USMC General John Allen, who now serves as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, recently visited the Wilson Center to discuss challenges and strategy with Wilson Center President, Jane Harman. Their discussion provides the focus for this edition of REWIND. more

After Cuba Comes Iran

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Dec 19, 2014
"The differences between Cuba and Iran abound. But take notice. U.S. President Barack Obama’s Cuba initiative should be a clear sign of where he might like to go with Iran on the nuclear issue in coming months," writes Aaron David Miller. more

Iran’s Rouhani Pushes Back

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Dec 18, 2014
"Iranian President Hasan Rouhani seems to have reached the end of his tether with hard-liners who oppose and obstruct his agenda," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more

Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead

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Dec 17, 2014
Reflections on Milestones in Women's Leadership in the 21st Century more

MENA Women's News Brief

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Dec 16, 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

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