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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

Introduction excerpt (see PDF or Scribd link below for full publication):