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Russian Contemporary Theatre: Beyond the Capital

Edmita Bulota Lecture Series on Soviet and Post-Soviet Theatrical Arts 

The Role of Azerbaijan’s Post-Conflict National Narrative in Limiting Refugees’ and IDPs’ Integration into Mainstream Society

Nagorno Karabakh is often referred to as one of the former Soviet Union’s “frozen conflicts” with little explanation of how the conflict “froze” or might “thaw.” Jennifer S. Wistrand, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute draws upon twenty-two months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Azerbaijan, shedding light on some of the socio-cultural factors impeding both the peaceful resolution of the status of the region on a geopolitical level and the “successful” integration of Azerbaijan’s refugees and IDPs into mainstream society.

Russia, the Near Abroad, and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transnistria Conflict

After political settlement talks resumed in late 2011, hopes have been raised that resolution of the Transdniestrian conflict in Moldova might lead to a broader understanding between Russia and the EU.

Ambassador Roundtable: Reflections and Recommendations on U.S.-Ukrainian Relations

With the Obama administration entering its second term, and Ukraine entering its third decade of independence, it is an appropriate time to step back from the news of the day and take a broader perspective on Ukraine’s history since independence. It is difficult to understand the challenges and opportunities that are present in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship without a sufficient understanding of how that relationship has evolved over two decades. This panel of former U.S.

A Proposal for the Resolution of the Iranian Nuclear Standoff

Two former Iranian parliamentarians and three American experts discussed a January 7 open letter that put forth a framework for direct nuclear negotiations and its potential for a diplomatic resolution.

Allies at Odds: Obama, Netanyahu, and The State of U.S. – Israeli Relations

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Four years in, the relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu remains a troubled one. What’s behind the tension, can it be alleviated and how will regional challenges such as Iran’s nuclear program or the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affect the U.S.-Israeli relations?

China Goes Global: The Partial Power

















China-Japan Dialogue: Beyond the Territorial Dispute


The Nuclear Issue: Why is Iran Negotiating?

On January 29, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a meeting, “The Nuclear Issue: Why is Iran Negotiating” with Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner of Atieh International; Alireza Nader, International Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation; and Michael Adler, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Global Authoritarians and the Arab Spring: New Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy

Three experts in the field of Middle East affairs discussed the arguments contained within a joint United States Institute of Peace (USIP)-Wilson Center paper presenting the challenges posed by global authoritarian powers for U.S. diplomacy and the post-Arab Spring regional strategic balance. This meeting was the first of a series of five meetings assessing the new dynamics reshaping the Middle East.