Middle East and North Africa

Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East

In 2011, Egyptians of all sects, ages, and social classes shook off millennia of autocracy, then elected a Muslim Brother as president. The 2013 military coup replaced him with a new strongman, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has cracked down on any dissent or opposition with a degree of ferocity Mubarak never dared. New York Times correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick arrived in Egypt with his family less than six months before the uprising first broke out in 2011, looking for a change from life in Washington, D.C.

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 hosted the annual Haleh Esfandiari Forum on the Middle East with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), who discussed 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.

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