Middle East and North Africa

The Emir Farid Chehab Collection

The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the addition of a major new collection to its Digital Archive, the Emir Farid Chehab Collection.

The Next Banking Crisis Will Not Be in the Middle East

A budding financial crisis perpetually loiters around the modern global economy. Crises in banking sectors — a subset (and often a harbinger) of a broader financial crisis — have shocked developing and advanced countries alike for decades with increasing frequency. In their notable book, This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, authors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff survey the causes and consequences of banking crises across the globe but spend little time going over banking crises in Middle East and North African (MENA) countries.

The Annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum: Protecting America's Global Leadership, with Senator Chris Van Hollen

The Middle East Program invites you to the annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum on the Middle East with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), who will discuss the topic of protecting America's global leadership in a conversation with Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman.

The Haleh Esfandiari Forum at the Wilson Center is a series of public events focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This initiative honors Haleh Esfandiari’s leadership of MEP from its inception in 1998 through 2015.

An Israeli Perspective on Russia’s Role in the Middle East

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead discusses how Russia has positioned itself as a major player in Syria and about its ambitions in the greater Middle East region. He also explains the current state of Israel-Russia relations.

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The House of Islam: A Global History

A fascinating and revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world from the bestselling author of The Islamist 'Not just timely but important too. Ed Husain does not just set out the fundamentals of Islam as a religion but explains how and why understanding it properly matter. This should be compulsory reading' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads `Islam began as a stranger,' said the Prophet Mohammed, `and one day, it will again return to being a stranger.' The gulf between Islam and the West is widening.

The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?

Last December, the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-sponsored an event on turmoil across the Middle East with four experienced analysts and practitioners. We agreed to gather again a half-year later to review our observations and conclusions.

Questioning Our Assumptions: Survivorship Bias and Predictions of Arab Gulf Stability

It is never a bad idea to question your assumptions. We are years removed from the maelstrom of instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that left some regimes in tatters, but the aftershocks are still being felt. One prediction (nay, assumption) to come out of the “Arab Spring” was that the Arab monarchies—the regimes that survived the destabilizing unrest intact—was their ability to manage coalitions of disparate constituencies, which provided these countries with a degree of stability absent in the collapsed regimes. 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

On May 29, the U.S. State Department released its annual report on international religious freedom. It provided a detailed overview of religious freedom and noted violations and abuses committed by governments, individuals and extremist groups. "Religious freedom was vital to America’s beginning. Defending it is critical to our future," Secretary of State Pompeo said at the release.

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