Middle East and North Africa News

The Case for Accepting Syrian Refugees

Nov 18, 2015
The U.S. vetting system is strong, and so is the American tradition of welcoming the oppressed.

Hassan Rouhani’s Women’s Rights Conundrum

Nov 17, 2015
Shortly before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani‘s planned visit to France was postponed in the wake of the attacks in Paris, two French journalists showed Mr. Rouhani a picture from the Facebook page of a female journalist. Masih Alinejad has been waging a campaign against the enforced wearing of Islamic head dress, or hijab. They asked President Rouhani whether the photo, which showed an Iranian woman with her hair uncovered, shocked or offended him. People are free to dress as they like in the privacy of their homes, Mr. Rouhani said, but they have to obey the law requiring women to cover their hair in public. In Iran, showing a bit of hair can be punishable by flogging.

MENA Women News Brief

Nov 17, 2015
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.

Holy Terror: The Spread of Jihad’s Wrath

Nov 17, 2015
The evolution of Islamist extremism has left the West scrambling to respond to an ever-changing, highly adaptable, and often unpredictable opponent.

5 Takeaways From the Paris Attacks and the Long War Against Terrorism

Nov 16, 2015
"The fight against ISIS and global jihad is the long war. It may well be the greatest foreign policy challenge of this generation. Whether the spate of recent jihadi attacks, including those in Paris, prove to be a transformational moment or just another horrific twist in this long war remains to be seen," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Paris Attacks: New Pressure on the Obama Administration

Nov 16, 2015
Wilson Center Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey describes new pressure on the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the attack on Paris.

What's Heartening About Protests in Afghanistan Over Minority Beheadings

Nov 16, 2015
Something extraordinary happened in Afghanistan this week—and, for a change, it was heartening, not horrifying.

Worst-case scenarios that are more likely than you think

Nov 13, 2015
Counterterrorism is a science of worst-case scenarios. The risk of a game-changing plot is always small, but the kind of “black swan” events that could reshape the region look more and more real today. Better to overestimate the threat now than read about it in the papers tomorrow.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker New Distinguished Fellow at Wilson Center

Nov 10, 2015
The Wilson Center is pleased to announce that Ambassador Ryan Crocker has joined the Center as a non-resident Distinguished Fellow from November 2015 to November 2016. Ambassador Crocker’s work will focus on U.S. policy in the Middle East and include public and private presentations.

Turkey’s Elections, the Syrian Crisis, and the US

Nov 04, 2015
Fresh off his party’s stunning election victory, will Erdogan get in the way of U.S. plans, or work with Washington toward a grand bargain on Syria and Iraq?