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

The Latest from the Middle East Program

What Will, and Won’t, Help Free Jason Rezaian From Prison in Iran

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Apr 24, 2015
"Tying the nuclear negotiations—and success now seems within reach—to prisoner release will only play into the hands of Iran’s hard-liners," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more

Four Ways Congress Can Improve the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Apr 21, 2015
"The last thing the United States needs is 535 legislators micromanaging its Iran policy. But having worked at the State Department for more than two decades, I know I don’t want Foggy Bottom controlling a 10- to 15-year deal with Iran. Here are four ways Congress could play a credible role on the Iran deal," writes Aaron David Miller more

MENA Women's News Brief

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Apr 20, 2015
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-monthly basis. more

Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands

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April 27, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa leaving the People’s Republic of China with a crisis on its Tibetan frontier. Drawing upon never before seen Chinese sources, Sulmaan Khan tells, for the first time, the story of how non-state actors moving across the Tibetan borderlands exposed state weakness and caused the PRC to move from empire-lite to a harder, heavier imperial formation. That change transformed Chinese policy towards the third world and the Cold War. more

Where Have All the Arab States Gone?

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Apr 16, 2015
Why don’t (or can’t) the Arabs take more responsibility for the problems that affect their region?It’s their neighborhood, after all. more

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