About the Middle East Program

The Middle East Program combines the intellectual grounding of its scholars with the power of its convening space to produce actionable ideas for policymakers around the world. Our Program offers a breadth and depth of programming on the prevailing economic, political, and social norms in the MENA region. We pay special attention to the role of women, the aspirations of the younger generation, and democratic and autocratic tendencies in governance. MORE

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Freeing Yazidi Women: Combating a 21st Century Slavery Revival Project

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October 31, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Please join us for a discussion with Matthew Barber, who has conducted research within the Yazidi community and who was in Kurdistan Province when it was attacked by ISIS this summer, and Murad Ismail, a Yazidi-American advocate for the Yazidi community, originally from Sinjar. Both are members of the Yazidi delegation visiting Washington, D.C. and are working on efforts to rescue kidnapped Yazidi women. more
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Global Anti-Semitism Rising: What About Iran?

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Oct 28, 2014
Recently, the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum and the Rabin Chair Forum of George Washington University hosted a meeting on “The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism.” And while there is much bad news to report, Roya Hakakian, a Fellow at the Wilson Center reports that attitudes in Iran may be different than what many would suspect. more

Prospects for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Discussion in Honor of Michael Adler

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November 12, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
The world’s major powers (the P5+1) and Iran have been negotiating since last January to convert an interim nuclear accord into a final agreement, and now face a November 24 deadline. As this critical date nears, please join us for this meeting to address the outcome of the negotiations—whether successful in yielding an agreement, extended to allow further negotiations, or at a point of breakdown. What are the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward, as well as for the broader global effort to forestall the proliferation of nuclear weapons? This event honors the late Michael Adler, distinguished journalist and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, whose illuminating work improved the quality of public discourse on this vital issue. more

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

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Oct 27, 2014
"Parliamentarians’ renewed obsession with women’s dress and male-female workplace mixing represents a throwback to the early days of the Islamic revolution, when women who did not observe the Islamic dress code were subject to 70 lashes and when men and women were segregated in university classrooms, buses and elsewhere," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more
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The Future of Syria: A History Lesson

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Oct 24, 2014
Christian Sahner provides insight into Syria’s civil war and the impact of the emergence of the Islamic State through the lens of history. What can the country's past tell us about its future? more

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