The idea that Syria was anyone’s to win or lose, or that the United States could significantly shape the outcome there, is typical of the arrogant paternalism and flawed analysis that have gotten this country into heaps of trouble in the Middle East over the years, argues Aaron David Miller.
Visiting Arab Journalist Yassmine Hani discusses her impressions of Egypt's new president, Egypt's relations toward Israel in light of the Muslim Brotherhood victory, and U.S. foreign policy toward her country.
Former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Moushira Khattab was informed by No Peace Without Justice that on December 20, at its 67th Ordinary Session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will adopt the Resolution “Intensifying Global Efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation.”
In 2012, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center produced 19 publications and 39 meetings.
"On the second anniversary of the Arab uprisings, millions across the Middle East still have dreams of makeovers. But revolutionary fairy tales have devolved into the reality of running countries that are still without fully functioning governments or basic laws. Providing fundamental public services, much less addressing economic woes that sparked the uprisings, is still a very long way off," writes DIstinguished Scholar Robin Wright.
"The referendum on Egypt's constitution scheduled for Saturday is a sign that Egyptians of varying views are finally playing politics, not just planning protests. Washington should embrace this in its newfound role of providing guidance without interfering. In other words, it should be coach, not captain," writes Jane Harman in The Washington Post.
The United States and its five negotiating partners can't decide how far to go in trying to entice Iran and time presses as Iran continues to amass significant nuclear stockpiles and capabilities, writes Iran Nuclear Expert Michael Adler.
"Too often, the "winner-takes-all" Mubarak model persists in Egyptian politics. Instead of engaging or working within the system, and compromising, opposition forces protest in Tahrir Square or boycott. While these tactics won a revolution, they will not build a democracy," writes Jane Harman.
In separate interviews, the Wilson Center's Jane Harman and Robin Wright discuss Egypt's fragile democracy.
Situated between Israel and Syria, Lebanon sits in the center of a region experiencing an unprecedented period of change. Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Fuad Siniora discusses the impact of the Arab Spring on his country, the conflict in Syria, and the future of the region.