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MENA Women News Brief

The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the region on a bi-weekly basis.


August 1 - August 15, 2018



August 9: Sexually-Harassed Bahraini Women Only Themselves to Blame, Officials Imply

Drivers of Insecurity and Instability in the Middle East and South Asia

The Middle East and South Asia are complex and volatile regions.

Book Talk: Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

At a time of declining democracy throughout the world, the case of Azerbaijan reflects a documentable trend toward and then away from democratization. Discussing portions of her new book Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan, Audrey L. Altstadt explored the array of circumstances and individual choices that shaped Azerbaijan's political, economic, and civic life from the rise of the Popular Front to the moves against the political opposition, media, human rights defenders, and "Islamist terrorists."

The Arab World Upended: Arab Spring Inspired Book Tracks the Aftermath of Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt

David Ottaway, first as a correspondent for the Washington Post and now as a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, has been fascinated by revolutions and has also been reporting from the region for decades. His just released book, “The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt,” provides deep analysis of the forces that inspired the uprisings of the Arab Spring and also assesses the current state of affairs in those countries. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Expectations and Challenges for the Trump Administration

A panel of Wilson Center experts gathered to discuss global expectations and challenges facing the Trump Administration in its first hundred days and beyond. Their analysis provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Towards a North American Foreign Policy Footprint

Every electoral cycle in the United States or Mexico brings the opportunity to reevaluate the relationship and explore how both nations can improve upon the bilateral agenda given changes in the regional and global context. In the coming months, it is quite likely that crucial issues in the relationship may be revisited in profound ways. This presents both real risks and real opportunities.

What Does the World Expect of President Donald Trump: The First 100 Days

The Takeaways


The first 100 days in office are considered a benchmark to measure the early success of a first-term president.  President Trump has outlined an ambitious set of plans including proposals related to immigration, trade deals, and defense policy. On February 1st, 2017 a distinguished panel of Wilson Center regional experts had a spirited conversation about the foreign policy expectations and challenges confronting the Trump administration.