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Prisons and Protests: Covering Iran After the Election

Iason Athanasiadis discussed his extensive background in covering the Middle East in a range of media and described his experience while detained for two weeks in Iran during its post-election crackdown. He believes the Western media has entered a "new age" in covering the Middle East, particularly Iran. Due to the increasing constraints on foreign media inside Iran, fluency in Farsi and having access to insider contacts have become essential to the job of journalists and correspondents.

What's Next? Perspectives From Afghan Civil Society

On October 1, 2009, the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center, together with the Institute for Inclusive Security of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, hosted a panel discussion with Mary Akrami, Afghan Women Skills Development Center; Orzala Ashraf, Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan; and Palwasha Hassan, International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development. The meeting was moderated by Carla Koppell, director of the Institute for Inclusive Security.

Afghanistan's Emerging Health Portrait: A Dialogue with Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health

This event was cosponsored by the Wilson Center's Middle East Program and Global Health Initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Embassy of Afghanistan.

Book Launch: "Liberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia"

Stephen King, former Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University, discussed his new book Liberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia. The volume explores a local-level study of a rural Tunisian town to illustrate why market-oriented reforms have not yet fostered democratization or led to political liberalization.

Women, Politics, and Islam: The Case of Tunisia

Summary of a meeting cosponsored by the Middle East Project and Africa Project with Lilia Labidi, University of Tunis (Tunisia) and current Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow.

The Sudanese War and the Nuba People

Following a video presentation cataloguing the extent to which the Nuba people of Sudan have been marginalized and treated inhumanely by the Khartoum government, Suleiman Musa Rahhal, Director of Nuba Survival, argued that the fighting in Sudan, contrary to popular belief, is not due solely to religious differences.

Angola: Past, Present, and Future

Panelists discussed the history of colonial Angola and the struggle for independence, beginning in 1961 until independence was achieved in 1975, only to be followed by a brutal Cold War era civil conflict. The Lusaka Protocol of 1994 signaled an end to that civil war, only to have it resume as UNITA elements "went back to the bush" until the death of their leader, Jonas Savimbi, in February 2002. The April 4, 2002 Memoranda of Understanding between the Angolan Government and UNITA signaled the final end of the civil war.

Book Launch and Discussion of <i>Partner to History: The U.S. Role in South Africa's Transition to Democracy</i>

Summary of the Conflict Prevention Project and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) discussion with Partner to History: The Role of South Africa's Transition to Democracy author Ambassador Princeton Lyman; executive vice president of Search for Common Ground Susan Collin Marks; and Deputy Chief of mission at the South African embassy in DC Thandabutu Nhlapo. USIP's president, Richard Soloman opened the meeting and Timothy Docking, African specialist, moderated the discussion.

Egypt and the Middle East: A Turkish Model of Democracy?

Recent political unrest in the Middle East has prompted a debate about whether Turkey, a transitioning democracy with Islamic roots, can serve as a model for political transformation in the Arab world. The panelists highlighted the distinctiveness of the "Turkish model" of governance and raised doubts about its potential to inform the political discourse in the revolting Middle East.

Democracy, Prosperity and Regional Security: The Future of U.S. &#8211; Greece Relations

"Strategic partners with a global agenda" said U.S. Ambassador to Greece Charles P. Ries to describe the relationship between the United States and Greece, at a Sept. 26 Policy Forum on "Democracy, Prosperity, and Regional Security: The Future of U.S.-Greece Relations," hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project in Washington, D.C.