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

ISIS’s Cruelty Toward Women Gets Scant Attention

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Sep 02, 2014
"Arab and Muslim governments, vocal on the threat ISIS poses to regional stability, have been virtually silent on ISIS’s systemic degradation, abuse, and humiliation of women," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more

What No Strategy On The Islamic State Means For The Region

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Sep 02, 2014
"We need the president actually explaining to the American people why it matters to confront ISIS, and we need an enhanced sense of urgency," said Jane Harman during this interview with NPR. more

The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage

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Aug 26, 2014
Will an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria be an effective way in defeating IS ? Aaron David Miller writes about the downsides of striking IS in Syria, and why the president is increasingly likely to do so. more

Having Faith in Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Distinguishing Between Noises and Signals

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September 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Dr. Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will address current global geopolitical challenges, notably schisms in the Middle East and its consequences for the European security project and integration of the Western Balkans into European Union and NATO. more

MENA Women's News Brief

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Aug 26, 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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