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U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.

Iran’s President Rouhani: Assessing His First Two Years in Office

Two years into a term that promised to change the tone and substance of Iran’s politics and relationships around the world, a panel of experts gathered to assess President Rouhani’s performance beyond the nuclear deal. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Turkey blames ISIS for suicide bombing

"If there is one group in the Middle East that has managed to bloody ISIS seriously, it has been the Syrian Kurds. Therefore, ISIS has an incentive in hurting the Kurds wherever they are, whether it is in Turkey or in Syria," says Henri Barkey in this interview on CNN.

From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice

When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kurze about his findings

Iran Nuclear Deal Achieved: A Preliminary Analysis

Robert Litwak, author of “Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves,” has spent decades working on nonproliferation issues and has been following the Iran negotiations since they began. Now that a deal has been achieved, we asked him to provide a concise preliminary analysis of what it means and where we go from here.

Haleh Esfandiari Interview on Trumped Up Charges Against Jason Rezaian

"I have argued that arresting Jason and keeping him for such a long time and finally bringing him on trial is just an effort by the hardliners to embarrass President Rouhani, the Foreign Minister, and the whole team of negotiators,” said Haleh Esfandiari during this interview on CNN.

The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Role of the US Congress

On this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Congress expert Donald Wolfensberger describes the role of Congress in the Iran nuclear negotiations.

Inside ISIS: Hassan Hassan on the “Army of Terror”

How is ISIS best understood? Is it a terror group like al-Qaeda or something different? Is it truly a religious group or does is simply use Islam for its own purposes? And if ISIS can be defeated, how long will it take and what would victory look like? Hassan Hassan, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, provides us with a revealing look inside the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization.

Richard Perle on the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

A veteran foreign policy practitioner and analyst, Richard Perle, provides insight into the history and current application of sanctions as a tool of U.S.statecraft. Do they work? What are the conditions necessary to make them effective? And are we getting it right in the cases of Iran and Russia? These are just some of the questions addressed in this episode of CONTEXT.

Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

In this NOW interview, William Pomeranz and Meg Lundsager discuss the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. sanctions past and present.

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