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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Saudi King Abdullah: An Assessment

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Jan 23, 2015
King Abdullah, who died January 23 after a 10-year-long reign, was truly beloved by his people and the most highly respected leader of the Arab world. He started out as a reformer, propelling women into the all-male world of Saudi politics and sending over 100,000 Saudis abroad for higher education in hopes of speeding up the modernization of his ultra-conservative kingdom. But the Arab Spring brought an abrupt halt to the reform process and triggered a severe crackdown on all human and political rights activists. more

At Risk of Fragmenting, Yemen Poses Dangers to U.S.

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Jan 23, 2015
"The latest Yemeni crisis raises the prospect of yet another Arab country where the United States faces rising dangers but has no strong partners amid a landscape of sectarian violence," writes Public Policy Scholar Robert Worth. more

Eliminating Extremism One Child at a Time

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February 02, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
As one of the most moderate, vocal and courageous political leaders in Lebanon, Mr. Ahmad El-Assaad, will speak about the political situation in Lebanon and the region, the impact of the extremist movements, and what can be done to alleviate and ultimately eliminate these movements. He is the founder, director, and chairman of the Saving the Next Generation Foundation, an organization which offers educational and recreational opportunities to youth in the region. more

Yemen: The New Afghanistan

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Jan 20, 2015
"If the outside world doesn’t come back to vigorously help stem the tide, Yemen may formally crumble into a failed state, with militias seizing more power and full scale war erupting among rival powers on multiple fronts," writes Robin Wright. more

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