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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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The Endgame in Gaza

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Jul 22, 2014
Netanyahu has now laid out a different vision for an acceptable endgame -- the "demilitarization" of Gaza, writes Aaron David Miller. Is he serious and is a demilitarized Gaza really possible? more

Event Transcript - Researching the Middle East

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Jul 18, 2014
Transcript for a panel discussion on the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history. more

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves

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Jul 18, 2014
The new Middle East Program monograph "Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves" by Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars and director of international security studies at the Wilson Center, addresses the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran and the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran. more

Why Israel Launched a Ground War in Gaza

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Jul 18, 2014
After days of ominous buildup, it’s finally happening: Israel has launched a ground incursion into Gaza. Aaron David Miller explains why Bibi did it. more
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Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves

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Jul 17, 2014
On the eve of the latest deadline for a potential deal with Iran over its nuclear program, Robert Litwak has authored an insightful study that considers the technical and political contexts for a possible resolution. He identifies a core question --- Is Iran a “revolutionary state” or an “ordinary country”? more

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