Middle East and North Africa

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.

LGBT Rights in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East

“It’s very intolerant across the region. Pew Research Center poll data shows that a lot of societies are still very, very hostile with the idea of seeing the LGBT community as part of society.”

--- Arnaud Kurze, Wilson Center Global Fellow

Can the arts provide safe spaces for the LGBT community in societies that are often hostile to their search for tolerance and rights? Wilson Global Fellow Arnaud Kurze shares his latest research on LGBT rights in the post-Arab spring Middle East. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

A Conversation with His Excellency Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, The Republic of Lebanon

His Excellency Gebran Bassil, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of the Republic of Lebanon, discussed the policy challenges and opportunities facing Lebanon given its critical geographic location in the Middle East.

Women Driving Positive Change in the Middle East

Introduction by Julia Craig Romano, Program Assistant, Middle East Program, Wilson Center (United States)

The View From Israel: A Conversation with Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel

Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., discussed various issues facing Israel, including the Iranian nuclear deal, the feasibility of a two-state solution, and U.S.-Israeli relations during the Trump administration.

Wilson Center’s Middle East Program to Form Strategic Partnership with Safadi Foundation USA

WASHINGTON – The Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Safadi Foundation USA announce a new initiative on Lebanon. Part of this partnership includes the launch of the Lebanon Ideas Forum—an assemblage of scholars, journalists, policymakers, and diplomats whose aim it will be to discuss the issues concerning Lebanon, its wider region, and relations with the United States and Europe.

American Exceptionalism in Syria: The Faith and the Heresy

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From West Africa to the Middle East, Water and the Rise of Insurgencies in the "Arc of Instability"

Water scarcity has contributed to an “arc of instability” characterized by conflict and displacement that stretches from West Africa to the Middle East, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on March 1. Two authors from an upcoming compilation of case studies on water security and violent conflict by World Wildlife Fund gave overviews of challenges in Nigeria and Iran and recommendations for U.S. engagement.

The Arab World Upended: Arab Spring Inspired Book Tracks the Aftermath of Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt

David Ottaway, first as a correspondent for the Washington Post and now as a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, has been fascinated by revolutions and has also been reporting from the region for decades. His just released book, “The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt,” provides deep analysis of the forces that inspired the uprisings of the Arab Spring and also assesses the current state of affairs in those countries. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.