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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U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

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Jul 31, 2015
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands. more
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Iran’s President Rouhani: Assessing His First Two Years in Office

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Jul 31, 2015
Two years into a term that promised to change the tone and substance of Iran’s politics and relationships around the world, a panel of experts gathered to assess President Rouhani’s performance beyond the nuclear deal. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND. more
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Henri Barkey Discusses ISIS and Turkey on Charlie Rose

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Jul 31, 2015
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey discusses ISIS and Turkey with Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, and David L. Philips, author of "The Kurdish Spring" on Charlie Rose. more

MENA Women's News Brief

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Jul 29, 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-weekly basis. more
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The Iran Nuclear Deal: The View from the Region

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July 29, 2015 // 9:30am10:45am
Join us as four analysts and observers of Iran and Middle Eastern politics assess the state of the current deal, the implications of this accord and the consequences for the region. more

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