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Tune in to our revamped Need to Know vodcast with a new host, John Milewski. In this episode, we speak with Wilson Center Middle East Fellow Marina Ottaway and Haleh Esfandiari, Director Emerita and Distinguished Fellow of the Center’s Middle East Program, about the ongoing protests in Iran sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody. They describe how women are leading the charge, provide context on the role of leadership and organization in similar movements, and discuss whether these protests can succeed where others have failed.

Interested in watching the episode? As part of our refresh of the popular Wilson Center podcast you can now watch episodes on our YouTube page.


Congressional Relations

The Wilson Center’s office of Congressional Relations works to maintain a vibrant relationship with Members of Congress and their staffs. We organize and run a series of educational programs led by Wilson Center experts, ranging from seminars to podcasts, with the purpose of increasing congressional staffers’ knowledge of international policy. We also coordinate outreach to Capitol Hill, including testimonies by Wilson Center scholars and briefings for Members of Congress.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more