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September Crisis or Compromise: The Palestinians, the UN, and the Peace Process

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Four veteran analysts and observers of Arab-Israeli politics offered their insights about Palestinian, Israeli and American strategies and reactions leading up to the September 20 Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. 

Crisis and Decisions in Cyprus: Euro-Contagion and Prospects for Reunification

As Cyprus struggles to forgo being another player in the Eurozone debt calamity, many tough choices will have to be made in the coming weeks and months. Reshuffling the cabinet and tight fiscal policies could stiffen resolve behind austerity measures that, if adopted, could possibly see Cyprus through its economic crisis. For the first time in over half a century of the Republic’s history there is a call for early elections.

The Mideast Blame Game

As Palestine prepares to make its case for statehood before the United Nations next month, world powers are maneuvering to ensure they're not to blame for the outcome—and this has only exacerbated the Israel-Palestine standstill, writes Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller in an August 19 op-ed in The Washington Post. Miller writes:

Sudan: From the CPA to Separation

Tim McKulka, Photographer, United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

Nureldin Satti, Former United Nations and Sudanese Diplomat, Senior Scholar, Wilson Center

Jok Madut Jok, Under Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of the Republic of South Sudan

Alan Goulty, Former British Ambassador to Sudan, Senior Scholar, Wilson Center

Steve McDonald, Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

Syrian President Defies Global Pressure to Resign

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman appears on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" to discuss the security threats posed by Syria and the importance of a united global front when pressuring President Assad to resign.

Strengthening America's Global Engagement (SAGE)


Since 9/11 experts have been concerned about the effectiveness of US public diplomacy and strategic communications. Numerous task forces, commissions, and studies have been undertaken to address the issue. Over 15 major studies have recommended in one form or another, the creation of a stand-alone public/private organization to communicate with, engage, and influence foreign audiences. Recommended funding sources include contributions from the corporate and foundation sectors and an annual congressional appropriation.