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Harman: SOTU Speaks Softly on Administration's Foreign Policy Achievements

Jan 25, 2012
President Barack Obama “has proven himself to be a very strong foreign policy president,” whose accomplishments seemingly speak for themselves, said Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center. Interviewed Wednesday on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, Harman noted that foreign policy accounted for only about seven minutes of the president’s hour-long, State of the Union address, with its main focus on the domestic economy. Yet the administration’s greatest strides so far appear to be on the national security front, with the president mentioning in his congressional address the past year’s takedown of Osama bin Laden and the conclusion of the war in Iraq, as two chief milestones.
Iran nuclear plant

'Noose Tightening' Around Iranian Government as European Union Boycott Iranian Oil

Jan 25, 2012
Embargoes on Iranian oil exports are having the desired effect, but military options should still remain on the table to deter Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center told FoxNews on Tuesday. “The escalating rhetoric from Iran is proof that the sanctions are biting,” Harman said, noting a recent European Union boycott of Iranian oil. “All of this means that the noose is tightening around the Iranian government.” Harman stressed sanctions are aimed at dissuading Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. “The goal of these efforts is not to hurt the Iranian people but to get the government to abandon its potential nuclear ambitions,” she said.

Mexico Institute in the News: Like U.S., Mexico faces contentious presidential election

Jan 25, 2012
The main issues for presidential candidates to focus on in Mexico right now include increasing income and decreasing violence.

Latin American Program in the News: Lopez bows out of Venezuela presidential race

Jan 25, 2012
"Lopez was running far behind in the polls, and the Supreme Court's defiance of the decision by the Inter-American Court left a big cloud of uncertainty over Lopez's future, even if he were to come out ahead," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. "Capriles has been the front-runner for some time, so the endorsement will continue to bolster his campaign."
Egyptian protesters in Alexandria

Egypt in Transition: The Role of Women, Military Leadership, and the Challenges to Come

Jan 25, 2012
Egypt stands at a crossroads. Following recent parliamentary elections, the country appears to be gradually democratizing, yet tough questions remain, especially regarding the role of the historically dominant military. On The Diane Rehm Show on Tuesday, USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright and former Fellow Samer Shehata spoke to Egypt’s near-term challenges, the role of women in the political process, and whether the military will cede power to new civilian leadership.