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Egypt at the Tipping Point?

With the Hosni Mubarak era nearing its close, the political future of Egypt is one of the most topical issues in Middle East politics today. Despite all the social and economic changes Egypt has experienced in the last decade under Mubarak, the country has not, according to journalist David Ottaway, undergone the sort of political change that would make easily predictable greater democracy or major change in the existing authoritarian style of rule as a result of forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Yemeni Women: Challenges and Little Hope

Women in Yemen today face obstacles to complete political, economic, and social integration and equality. Sultana Al-Jeham studies the position of women in society, the challenges they face, the role civil society plays in advancing their cause, and why they still have a large gap to bridge before achieving true equality.

Putting "Culture" Onto the Middle East Agenda

Since the issue of culture is often neglected in studies of the Middle East, there remains a need to recognize the importance of culture and to meaningfully incorporate understandings of culture into analysis of the region, according to author and scholar Andrea Rugh. Rugh explained why there is little written about culture in a systematic way and the real consequences that such limited writing has on policy and people.

Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life

Reality television in the Arab world has become a platform for rival political points of view, according to Marwan Kraidy, a scholar of global communication and expert on Arab media and politics. In the context of his recently released book, Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life, Kraidy discussed how entertainment television becomes politicized and transforms public discourse.

Islam, Gender and Reproductive Health: Part 5 of 6

This event was co-sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Project, and supported by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health and the Interagency Gender Working Group.

Human Rights Approaches to Religion: Implications for Euro-Islamic Relations

Dean Evans' analysis is based upon his personal legal perspectives on the emerging phenomenon of freedom of religion and human rights in Europe. The protection of religious interests of communities within Europe by extracting guarantees on how particular religious minority groups might be treated in states when either new states were coming into being or as territory was changing hands was established following the First World War. Though it is easy to believe this was intended to protect freedom of religion and belief in its current form, it was not.

Crime, Terrorism, and Law Enforcement in Southeastern Europe

Introduction of Greek Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis
By John Sitilides, Executive Director

Mr. Minister, Ambassador Burns, Ambassador Philon, Ambassador Kozakou-Marcoullis, distinguished guests, colleagues, and ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Western Policy Center, I would like to welcome you to today?s Policy Forum, featuring the Public Order Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Michalis Chrysochoidis. I would also like to thank my colleagues at the center for organizing today?s program.

Luncheon Policy Forum with Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos and Istanbul Mayor Ali Mufit Gurtuna

Address of the Honorable Dimitris Avramopoulos
Mayor of Athens

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be attending today's luncheon, organized by the Western Policy Center, and to have the opportunity to exchange views with you.

The Western Policy Center is an institution which, since its establishment in Washington in 1998, has quite rightly gained a reputation both in the United States and abroad for the significance and high quality of its work in the multi-faceted and complex region of South Eastern Europe.

Air Wars: The Media's Role During the Kosovo Conflict

Summary of comments from the participants.

Jim Anderson, Diplomatic Correspondent,
Deutsche Presse-Agentur