Middle East and North Africa News

We Got To Yes. Now It’s Time for a Reality Check.

Jul 14, 2015
"Indeed, even 15 years from now, Iran will still possess an industrial-size nuclear infrastructure, and by the president’s own admission, the capacity to “break out” potentially at will. We’ve created a mechanism to constrain Iran’s nuclear weapons pretensions, not eliminate them," writes Aaron David Miller.

An Iran Deal, At Last

Jul 14, 2015
"The terms, however, are likely to give both proponents and opponents new arguments for their positions. No party got all it wanted; there’s a shortcoming to every benefit," writes Robin Wright.

Two World-Changing Deals

Jul 14, 2015
"Both of these deals provide better outcomes than failed negotiations would have. They demonstrate that dedicated diplomacy can still achieve positive solutions within an integrated global system that is more or less still functioning," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

The Nuclear Deal’s Adversaries Back Home

Jul 07, 2015
"If an agreement eventually emerges, both parties will have to sell it to constituencies that remain skeptical because of the even more tortured history between the two countries," writes Robin Wright.

Is No Nuclear Deal With Iran a Better Outcome for Obama?

Jul 06, 2015
"In short, Washington could manage the fallout from no agreement. And in that case, it’s more than likely that Iran would become a problem for the next administration, which, frankly, wouldn’t be such a bad outcome for this one," writes Aaron David Miller.

Henri Barkey New Middle East Program Director at Wilson Center

Jul 02, 2015
“Dr. Barkey’s exceptional work on Middle East issues at top academic institutions and the U.S. Department of State epitomizes the combination of deep scholarship and policy application we pursue here at the Wilson Center,” said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. “He will continue the Middle East Program’s reputation as a critical resource for the Washington policymaking community and beyond.”

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

Jul 02, 2015
"U.S. officials understandably are focused on America’s middle class, but they should also pay closer attention to the ways in which the growing global middle class may undermine American interests, beyond its acknowledged effects on climate change and resource scarcity," writes Brenda Seaver.

Can the U.S. Get a Good Iran Deal?

Jun 30, 2015
"Obama has argued that regardless of Iran's behavior at home and in the region, a constrained nuclear program is worth achieving in its own right because Iran will be less dangerous," writes Aaron David Miller.

What If No Agreement Is Reached on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Jun 30, 2015
"Much depends on how the talks collapse: Who takes the hit will be important in the political positioning that inevitably follows the demise of a deal," writes Aaron David Miller.

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators

Jun 28, 2015
"The Iraq war still haunts Iran—and shapes the theocracy’s positions at the negotiating table—partly because tens of thousands are still dying from chemical weapons, according to the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support," writes Robin Wright.