Middle East and North Africa News

Yemen’s Other Crisis

Apr 10, 2015
"Saudi Arabia is maintaining its air offensive in Yemen, and Houthi rebels continue to stage assaults. But another crisis is raging in Yemen that could pose an existential threat to one of the world’s most troubled nations," writes Michael Kugelman.

Preliminary Analysis of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Apr 08, 2015
Now that the dust has begun to settle on the nuclear deal with Iran, we asked two expert observers, Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak, to provide preliminary analysis. Both have been following the story since the beginning and bring unique perspectives on the deal’s strengths and weaknesses, and also on reactions in both Iran and the US. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

A Transaction Does Not a Deal Make

Apr 07, 2015
"For the moment, historic though it may be, the Iran enterprise is a transaction — in short a business deal devoid of much sentimentality in which both sides need stuff from the other and are still not sure they can get it, and it’s an imperfect and incomplete transaction at that," writes Aaron David Miller.

There Are No ‘Good’ Iran Deals, Only Varying Degrees of Risk

Apr 06, 2015
"Negotiating with Iran in an effort to slow its nuclear program and avoid war is the least bad alternative. But there are no good deals that will end Iran’s nuclear weapons aspirations, only ones with varying degrees of risk," writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

Rouhani’s Bet on the Iran Deal

Apr 06, 2015
"Like Barack Obama, Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, took a big gamble last week, but his was riskier," writes Robin Wright.

As Iranians Welcome Nuclear Deal, Khamenei’s Reaction Is Key

Apr 03, 2015
"President Rouhani clearly will have popular support. But in Iran and abroad, eyes will be trained on the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei," write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak.

Iran: It’s a Deal, Almost

Apr 02, 2015
"The deal still has to go through formal drafting, but the terms announced by Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the majority of issues with more specificity than expected," writes Robin Wright.

The U.S. Energy Pivot: A New Era for Energy Security in Asia?

Apr 01, 2015
The past decade has brought ground-shaking changes to global energy markets. The unconventional fuel boom has unexpectedly reduced U.S. dependence on oil imports, while in the Asia-Pacific region, energy-constrained nations are increasingly reliant on foreign sources to meet their soaring demand. With the U.S. slated to export liquid natural gas (LNG) to Asia as early as 2017, a new energy era has come.

A Nuclear Deal Won’t Bridge the Divide Between Iran and the U.S.

Mar 31, 2015
"But even if an agreement is reached, four decades of hostility between Iran and the United States will not be erased overnight," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

The High Price of U.S. Cooperation With Iran

Mar 28, 2015
"A deal on the nuclear issue may well slow Iran’s program. That would be a good thing. But a situation where the U.S. is not moving to check Iran’s influence or, worse, making excuses for Iranian behavior is likely to create huge problems for Washington and its friends in the region," writes Aaron David Miller.