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

My ‘Rosewater’: 105 dark days in an Iranian prison

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Nov 20, 2014
"On the morning I called my mother from my interrogation session to tell her I was being taken to prison, I urged her to be strong. “You be strong,” she replied," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more

A Conversation with May Rihani

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December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
May Rihani will discuss her new book, Cultures Without Borders, the memoir of a Lebanese woman whose life defies Western stereotypes about Arab women. Rihani, who has traveled to 71 countries and has worked in more than 40, discovers that the common ground among cultures eclipses the differences. more
Webcast

A Mixed Bag: The Impact of Falling Oil Prices

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Nov 19, 2014
When it comes to falling oil prices, good news at the pump could be very bad news when it comes to geopolitics. Many oil exporting nations could be facing fiscal and political calamity if prices were to drop and remain at levels lower than $100 per barrel. A panel of topic and regional experts discussed the situation during a recent Wilson Center event. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND. more
Webcast

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Deadline Approaches: Deal or No Deal?

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Nov 19, 2014
With the latest deadline approaching, P5+1 and Iranian negotiators are attempting to make headway on a long awaited deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Is a deal possible or likely? What will it take to reach a compromise? And if talks break down, what are the consequences? Robert Litwak has been following the story and provides an overview of the possibilities in this edition of Wilson Center NOW. more

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

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Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller. more

Upcoming Events

Jerusalem in Crisis? A Conversation with Danny Seidemann

December 01, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm

A Conversation with May Rihani

December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm

Experts & Staff

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