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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.


The Trump Administration and the Future of the Kurds

Three experts discussed the implications of different U.S military and political policy options as they relate to the future of the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

Militias in the Fight Against ISIS: Spoilers or Stabilizers?

Three experts discussed the roles militias have played in the campaign against ISIS, and how they should be integrated into post-conflict political resolutions in Iraq and Syria.

15 Years of Environmental Peacemaking

As the 1990s drew to a close, there was a sense that much of the momentum gained at the first Earth Summit on sustainable development, a positive, affirming environmental narrative, was waning.

Aaron David Miller on What the Trump Administration Should Focus on in the First 100 Days

We all have to understand the intersection between foreign policy and politics. It may be objectionable, it may be irrational, but it’s a reality.

Challenges and Opportunities for U.S.-Iraqi Relations in the New Era

Three experts discussed the future of U.S.-Iraqi relations and efforts to foster a solid relationship within the context of the new U.S. administration.  

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

Two experts discussed the critical trends that led to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011 and made predictions on possible future developments in both countries.

This Is the America That Became My Home

With the stroke a pen on Friday, President Donald Trump wreaked havoc at major airports and entry points in America and many airports abroad. That day, with no warning, seemingly little planning, and no heed for the consequences, the president ordered an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees’ entry into the United States, a four-month ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—and a three-month freeze on the entry of all citizens from these countries.