Women's Rights

Five Years after the Arab Spring: What's Next for Women in the MENA Region?

Introduction by Kendra Heideman, Program Associate, Middle East Program, Wilson Center

Turkey, the Kurds, and Regional Conflicts

Turkish journalist Amberin Zaman is currently a Public Policy Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East and Global Europe Programs. She has been covering Turkey, the Kurds, and regional conflicts for a number of news outlets including The Economist and The Washington Post. She shares her thoughts and insights on a range related of issues in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Looking Forward: A Conversation with Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State

Over the past 25 years, Kazakhstan has made hard-earned progress, rising from the poverty and chaos of sudden independence to become a middle-income nation. President Nazarbayev recently introduced a strategic vision for its long-term development, “Kazakhstan 2050,” outlining the key reforms necessary for Kazakhstan to become globally competitive.

The Unintended Consequences of Counter-trafficking Programs in Moldova

In response to increased concern over sex trafficking from Moldova to Turkey, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a variety of counter-trafficking campaigns. Drawing on 15 months of transnational, ethnographic research in Moldova and Turkey, Dr. Leyla Keough will show how these campaigns have had unintended, adverse effects on many women and families. Using excerpts from her new book, Worker-Mothers in the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul (2015, Woodrow Wilson and Indiana University Press), Dr.

Violence and Gender: The Other Side of Pakistan’s Urban Unrest

Much of the international focus on violence in Pakistan’s cities tends to revolve around terrorism perpetrated by Islamist extremist groups. In reality, a variety of other major factors drive violence in urban Pakistan as well—including issues associated with water access, waste disposal, transport, and drugs and alcohol. In these cases, gender considerations play a key role.