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The Politics of Energy in Latin America

The year 2006 was a tumultuous one for Latin America's energy sector. High oil prices, presidential elections in ten of the twenty countries (including in six of the seven Andean nations), and the proliferation of socialist and populist rhetoric among leading politicians caused energy analysts from around the globe to focus on predicting the consequences of politically driven decisions for the management of Latin America's rich energy resources.

Lebanese View of an Arab Changing Landscape

Fuad Siniora, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, presented his insights regarding the Arab Spring, the role of Lebanon, and possible ways forward on the path to progress and peace in the Middle East.

On May 5, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting, "Lebanese View of An Arab Changing Landscape" with Siniora. Michael Van Dusen, Executive Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.

A Conversation with Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa

On April 19, the Middle East Program hosted Bahrain's Minister of Finance for a meeting, "A Conversation with Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohamed Al-Khalifa." Michael Van Dusen, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

The Political Situation in Lebanon with an Eye on What is Happening in Syria

May Chidiac, a prominent Lebanese media and national figure, provided a firsthand account of the challenges facing Lebanese politics and the implications of unrest in Syria. She also offered her insight into the roles of Hezbollah and the United States in these two concurrent situations.

Youth Activism, the January 25 Revolution, and Egypt's Transition

In light of recent dramatic events in Egypt, a panel of experts had a discussion regarding the future of Egypt's transition to democracy after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak. They examined the challenges that Egyptians must now face and what this means in terms of United States involvement.

Iran: From Civil Society Protest to Political Alternative?

Roberto Toscano, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and former Italian Ambassador to Iran and India, gave his insights on the role of civil society in the Iranian opposition. Toscano also discussed the similarities and differences between the Iranian opposition movement and those that have arisen in the Middle East in recent months.

On April 4, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on "Iran: From Civil Society Protest to Political Alternative?" with Toscano. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program, moderated the event.

New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies

As part of the series on recent developments in Egypt, Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, discussed the causes, implications, and role of new communication strategies in the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

On March 30, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on "New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies" with Khamis. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.

The Mideast on Fire: What Happens Next?

Dalia Ziada, Egypt Office Director for the American Islamic Congress and an award-winning blogger, provided a first hand report of the historic uprising in Egypt and offered insight into the challenges and opportunities now facing the Egyptian people.

Tunisia's Democratic Transition: Challenges & Perspectives

Addressing the recent events that have unfolded in Tunisia, a panel of Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce members discussed the issues of economy and democracy in Tunisia.

From 1910 to 2010: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Youth and Adult Grievances that Drive the Second Arab Revolt

In addressing the recent events that have unfolded in the Middle East, Rami Khouri discussed the various factors that motivated these recent uprisings throughout the Arab world, in what he considered the "second Arab revolt."

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