Middle East and North Africa

Satire Under a Bright Red Star

A look at Iran’s Chelengar, 1950-1953

The period leading to the August 19, 1953, coup against Mohammad Mossadegh marked a unique instance in the history of the modern Iranian press. The weakness of the royal court, the limited state censorship imposed by Mossadegh’s National Front government, and the relative strength of opposition parties were all factors conducive to a lively and unique press scene in Iran, one on which the global Cold War cast a strong influence.

Russian and US Roles in the Middle East: the View from Israel

Israel occupies a unique position in relations with the U.S. and Russia. Israel’s traditionally close ties with the U.S. were undermined by deep differences and growing mistrust during the Obama administration. At the same time, despite profound contradictions in interests and agenda, Israel has developed close relations with Russia. Therefore, Israel serves as a valuable lens through which to view the changing engagement of Russia and America in the region. George F. Kennan Expert Yuri Teper discussed these shifts and their implications for the new U.S. administration.

Saudi Anxiety Grows Over Vision 2030 for the Kingdom

Riyadh—The official slogan of the financially besieged King Abdullah Financial District here is “Journey Into the Sky.” Years behind schedule, wildly ambitious, ill-conceived, and out of money, the project stands as a sobering reminder of past grandiose schemes gone awry in the kingdom's long pursuit to shake its addiction to oil.

Change and Consequences: Is Saudi Arabia at the Dawn of a New Era?

Four experts discussed the current challenges Saudi Arabia is facing and the short- and long-term steps the kingdom’s leadership has taken to address these issues.

The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East

 Guy Laron will discuss his latest book, The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East, which investigates the causes and consequences of one of the most significant moments in the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the Cold War in the Middle East.

Book Launch: Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings tells the story of “3/11”—the March 11, 2004 bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain in the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and on through the fallout of the attacks.

The Inaugural Haleh Esfandiari Forum Event with Secretary Madeleine Albright

The Honorable Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, discussed women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.