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

MENA Women's News Brief

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Feb 24, 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

In Bahrain, Arab Spring Hopes Are Freezing Over

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Feb 18, 2015
"The rights of people in the Middle East are shrinking rather than expanding," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky. more

Violent Extremism the White House Doesn’t Want to Talk About

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Feb 18, 2015
The White House conference on violent extremism shouldn't "gloss over brutal attacks on minorities in the United States," says Michael Kugelman. more

The Israeli Elections and a Future Peace Process in the Light of Past Negotiations

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March 02, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Galia Golan will discuss the upcoming March 17 Israeli elections and reflect on her latest book Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors Behind the Breakthroughs and Failures. Examining the Israeli-Arab conflict as an "intractable conflict," the book seeks to determine just which factors, or combination of factors, impacted on Israel's position in past peace-making efforts, possibly accounting for breakthroughs or failures to reach agreement. more

Washington: The Wrong City at the Right Time

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Feb 18, 2015
"Unless those Muslim leaders themselves are prepared to acknowledge the problem of radical Islam as partly of their own making, and take steps to root it out, little will change," writes Aaron David Miller. more

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