Middle East and North Africa News

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Feb 18, 2015
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University seek applications from Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history for the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR)

Washington: The Wrong City at the Right Time

Feb 18, 2015
"Unless those Muslim leaders themselves are prepared to acknowledge the problem of radical Islam as partly of their own making, and take steps to root it out, little will change," writes Aaron David Miller.
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Year of Crisis: The Middle East in 2015

Feb 13, 2015
In a region already known for volatility, the Middle East continues to encounter new levels of crisis as conflicts rage in a number of countries. According to a panel of regional experts, “crisis” will continue to be the order of the day in 2015. Their observations on what’s been happening and what to expect in the coming months is the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Have the Iran Nuclear Talks Reached an Impasse?

Feb 12, 2015
"For Iran’s leaders, the technical details are the issue. They appear to be preparing the Iranian people for the possibility that no agreement will be reached and, if so, that failure will be blamed on the intransigence of America and its negotiating partners, rather than any shortcoming on Iran’s part," write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak.

Kayla Mueller and the Sad History of Hostage-Taking

Feb 11, 2015
"The nation is grieving Kayla Mueller. Unfortunately, she is not likely to be the last hostage to die in captivity," writes Robin Wright.

Should U.S. pay ransoms?

Feb 10, 2015
"Giving into murderous terrorists is horrible. Giving up on the lives of innocent human beings in the name of a principle when there might be real and serious possibilities of saving them is worse," writes Aaron David Miller.

Will Islamic State pay for killing Jordanian pilot?

Feb 08, 2015
This act of violence seems to go beyond even the horrific baseline Islamic State has established. But as tempting as it may be to see the killing as a transformative act, it probably won't be. And here's why.

From Khamenei, Conditions for a Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Feb 08, 2015
"The supreme leader said that any deal that does not respect Iran’s rights would be a bad deal, and he reiterated his condition that if there is to be an agreement, all sanctions must be lifted 'in the real meaning of the word,'" writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Beyond ISIS Turmoil, Jordan Is Flush With Problems

Feb 04, 2015
Poor, oil-less, and often overlooked, Jordan is the little kingdom that could. But Jordan faces a growing array of existential challenges that it didn’t create and doesn’t have the resources to resolve—and that make it vulnerable.

4 Takeaways From the Fight Against ISIS After the Death of Jordan’s Pilot

Feb 03, 2015
The main takeaway from this latest atrocity is that the fight against ISIS will be a long war, measured not in terms of “defeat” so much as trying to contain its expansion in the region. Here are other issues pointed up by the latest horrors.

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