Middle East and North Africa Events

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Rouhani: Challenges at Home, Challenges Abroad

July 22, 2013 // 9:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
A panel of Iran experts discussed the current domestic and foreign policy issues that the new Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani will face as he takes office next month, and provided analysis on the new administration’s potential approach to solving these challenges.

Syria in Context of the Arab Awakening

July 19, 2013 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Middle East Program
The crisis in Syria raises many questions about democratization in the Middle East and American leadership and interest in the region. A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the crisis. This event is in collaboration with Ohio State University.
Podcast

Briefing: Egypt in Crisis

July 11, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
In this audio briefing, experienced observers on the ground in Cairo and analysts from the U.S. examine the ouster of President Morsi, the path to democracy, and the implications for political Islam in the region.
Webcast

Can International Human Rights Norms Secure Women’s Rights in the MENA Region?

July 10, 2013 // 9:00am1:00pm
Middle East Program
Women's rights scholars and activists from the MENA region discuss the efficacy of human rights conventions in securing women's rights in the region.
Podcast

Briefing: Egypt on the Brink

July 01, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
In this audio briefing, experienced observers on the ground in Cairo and analysts from the U.S. examine the protests in Egypt and the possibilities for government reaction.
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The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

June 17, 2013 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Middle East Program
A panel of experts shared their views on the current status of religious minorities in Middle East, especially in light of developments after the “Arab Spring,” and provided strategies and recommendations for how these minorities can be protected.
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Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage

June 17, 2013 // 2:00pm4:30pm
Maternal Health Initiative
According to the UN Population Fund, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020 – an estimated 14.2 million young girls marrying too young every year or 39,000 daily. The majority of these girls do not receive access to education or reproductive health services.
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Turkey and the Arab Spring

June 13, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
Members of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Center will discuss Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring. They will try to shed light on the factors that influenced Turkey's response to the democratic uprisings of the last three years, with special emphasis on the Syrian case. The Strategic Research Center is the Ministry's in-house think-tank to establish channels of communication between policy makers and the academic and research community. It also works as a consultative body to provide foreign policy decision makers with scholarly assessments of relevant issues and reviews Turkish foreign policy with a future perspective.

Reform, Revolution or Status Quo? Regional Dynamics in a Changing Arab World (hosted at USIP)

June 12, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Some experts predicted that the “Arab Spring” rebellions would widen the strategic, political, and even ideological gap between Arab states undergoing dramatic change and those defending the status quo. In fact, no such clear breach has occurred. Instead, Dawisha argues that sectarian tensions and economic constraints have dampened the potentially “incendiary” effect of the Arab political revolts. Please join us at USIP for an engaging discussion on these dynamics in the Middle East with Dawisha, the State Department’s Dafna Rand, and USIP’s Daniel Brumberg.
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Getting it Wrong: American Misperceptions of the Middle East

June 06, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Middle East Program
The Middle East is a very confusing region. However well-intentioned, does the United States add to that confusion by injecting its own flawed assumptions and illusions into the mix? Join us for a discussion with seasoned Middle East experts.

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