Middle East and North Africa Events

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

October 31, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
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, are both members of the Yazidi delegation visiting Washington, D.C. and are working on efforts to rescue kidnapped Yazidi women.
Webcast

Israel and the Region: A Conversation with Yossi Alpher

October 23, 2014 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Middle East Program
Events in the Middle East have focused of late on Iraq, Syria, and the battle against ISIS. But Israel retains its centrality as a dynamic actor in the region and sits at the nexus of several critically important issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, relations with the Arab world, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Join us for a conversation and discussion of these and other matters with one of Israel’s most experienced and foremost analysts of Israeli politics and national security challenges.
Webcast

World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century (Book Launch)

October 23, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
With UN demographers more certain than ever that global population will reach between 10 and 12 billion by the end of the century, the challenge of building a sustainable future seems daunting. But according to Wolfgang Lutz, founding director of the Vienna-based Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital, these projections miss one crucial variable: increasing levels of education.
Webcast

The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism

October 22, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Seventy years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is once again being expressed publicly and violently. Classic anti-Semitic tropes are freely expressed; signs reading “Jews to the gas” and “Hitler should have finished the job,” are common; and Jews have been attacked and murdered. Two panelists will discuss this phenomenon, which is especially prevalent in Europe and the Middle East.
Webcast

Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises

October 21, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus over the past 35 years, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question since the eruption of the Syrian revolt in 2011, and moreover, the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. Iran has become heavily involved in both conflicts since it has much at stake. Jubin Goodarzi provides an overview of the evolving situation and focus on Iran’s policies, perspectives, interests, and options in the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi crises.
Webcast

Building Peace Over Water in the Lower Jordan Valley: A Sister Cities Coalition

October 17, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Water is a key ingredient for peace, especially in the Middle East. The Jordan River, which forms the border between Israel, the Palestinian West Bank, and Jordan, is central to the interrelated political and environmental challenges facing the region. Addressing these challenges requires not only high-level diplomacy but also direct, people-to-people engagement, which can form lasting relationships that go beyond water, said experts at the Wilson Center on October 17.
Webcast

ISIS and the End of the Middle East as We Know It

October 09, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
While Western attention is caught by the rise of the so-called "Islamic State", the real story may be the dissolution of order in the Middle East. How do we understand ongoing political and geopolitical shifts in the region and the rise of new types of actors such as the "Islamic State"? And what, if anything, can and should Western powers do?
Webcast

The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.
Podcast

Teleconference: ISIS, Assad, and the Syrian Opposition: Challenges Confronting US Policy in Syria

September 22, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
As the Obama Administration seeks to fashion a policy to counter ISIS, it confronts a complex situation on the ground, particularly in Syria. Three analysts and experts discuss the military/political landscape in Syria and the challenges it poses.
Webcast

Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement

September 17, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Middle East Program
The Iran Project's new report, Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement, examines the potential shift in Iran’s relations with other countries in the Middle East after a comprehensive nuclear agreement is reached, and the implications of these changes for US foreign policy.

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