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Middle East and North Africa

Understanding the New Wave of Arab Protests: An Expert Panel

A new series of protests and demonstrations has erupted across the Middle East and North Africa over the past 9 months. In Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Jordan, and Egypt, these protests were largely triggered by dire socio-economic conditions, corruption and a sense of economic and political disenfranchisement with outright calls for regime change in the  case of Algeria, Sudan, and very recently in Lebanon. 

Wilson Center-Bilkent University Workshop on New Middle East Sources

The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and the Center for Russian Studies at Bilkent University hosted a workshop this past fall to recognize collaboration and partnership between the two organizations and to explore new archival sources in and on the Middle East.

Egypt’s Coups and Revolutions: From Mubarak to Sisi

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Wilson Center Middle East Fellow and author Amy Austin Holmes about the release of her new book, Coups and Revolutions: Mass Mobilization, the Egyptian Military, and the United States from Mubarak to Sisi. The book analyzes the waves of revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt between 2011 and 2018 and  brings together the literature on bottom-up revolution

The Code Blue Series | A Growing Threat: Non-Communicable Diseases on Maternal Health 

Some 18 million women of reproductive age die each year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The compounding effects of NCDs complicate women’s experiences in many unseen ways, and the rise and gravity of NCDs pose a growing and often overlooked challenge to maternal health worldwide. The CODE BLUE series will highlight seven NCDs most threatening to maternal health: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and mental health disorders. 

Thirsty Planet: How Water Can be a Source of Conflict or Cooperation

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Gidon Bromberg about the water crisis in the Middle East which has been exacerbated by climate change.  Bromberg also discusses how his organization EcoPeace Middle East brings together Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect the region’s shared environmental heritage and advance sustainable regional development.

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Book Launch | Coups and Revolutions: Mass Mobilization, the Egyptian Military, and the United States from Mubarak to Sisi

"Coups and Revolutions masterfully analyzes the waves of revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt between 2011 and 2018. Holmes' analysis rests upon both a close familiarity with events in Egypt and a nuanced deployment of social-scientific theories of coups and revolutions. Her novel concept of 'coup from below' will surely generate much discussion and debate. Read this book to understand why and how a promising revolution was ruthlessly crushed."

---- Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology at New York University

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