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 breath 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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Apr 22, 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

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

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May 22, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird will appear in conversation with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to discuss Bird's new biography, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Robert Ames was the CIA officer who created the first clandestine contacts with the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was among those killed in the April 1983 truck bomb attack that destroyed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. more

Democratic Transitions and the Problem of Power (Spring 2014)

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Apr 17, 2014
Ottaway writes that three years after the beginning of the Arab uprisings, Tunisia and Egypt are moving in different directions. Tunisia is moving in a democratic direction because well-established political and civil society organizations counterbalance each other, forcing compromise. In Egypt, politics pitted the Muslim Brotherhood against the military and other state institution, inevitably leading to the triumph of the state. A new process of democratization is unlikely to start without other uprisings. more

The Arab Spring and the State of Egypt’s Antiquities

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April 14, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
The current instability in Egypt is having its toll on its cultural heritage that is being lost and desecrated. Different archaeological sites commissioned by antiquities dealers leaving are being vandalized. The local communities are also involved due to economic hardship. Both objects and archaeological records are being lost for good. This very fast and speedy loss is the worst Egypt has ever faced. more
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Party Politics, Religion, and Women's Leadership

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April 18, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The book Party Politics, Religion, and Women’s Leadership advances a theory of party religiosity to explain women's leadership across parties and countries, drawing on robust qualitative and quantitative findings from cross-national multiple cases and a case study of Lebanon. more

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