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.

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

Nov 13, 2015
"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.

Turkey’s Election Recap

Nov 10, 2015
In what was a surprise to most, Turkey’s elections resulted in a decisive win for the ruling party.

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.

Takeaways From the Russian Jet Downed Over Egypt

Nov 09, 2015
"A rethinking of U.S. policy in Syria may yet come. Right now, the downing of this Russian jet feels less like a transformative event and more like another twist in the long war against jihadi terrorism–and a reminder that, 14 years after 9/11, terrorist threats to commercial aviation remain real and terrifying," writes Aaron David Miller.

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?

How a Conflicted Iran Undercuts Its Own Regional Ambitions

Oct 29, 2015
Iran’s invitation to join this week’s international talks about Syria’s future underscores Tehran’s success turning itself into a major regional player.

Five Takeaways From Bashar al-Assad’s Secret Visit to Moscow

Oct 21, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world on Tuesday with an unannounced meeting in Moscow. Here are five takeaways from the visit.

No-Fly Zone No Answer for Syria

Oct 21, 2015
Humanitarian “safe zones” are a great idea in theory. But they’re a bad, dangerous idea in the context of the Syrian civil war.

Four Things That Aren't Helping the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Oct 14, 2015
How the Obama administration should deal with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from clear. But it is clear that these four things are not helping Mr. Kerry or the situation.