Middle East and North Africa News

Saudi Arabia’s Race Against Time

Aug 08, 2012
The Saudi official from the Ministry of Interior’s “ideological security” department was relaxed and confident. The government had uprooted scores of secret al-Qaeda cells, rounded up 5,700 of its followers, and deafened Saudi society to its siren call to jihad to overthrow the ruling al-Saud royal family. For the kingdom, the threat from Islamic terrorists had become manageable. So, what is the main security concern of the Saudi government today? The answer came as something of a surprise: the return of 150,000 Saudis who have been sent abroad to study, nearly one half of whom are now in the United States.
Free Syrian Army members tear a banner with picture of Syria's President Al Assad at Syrian border crossing building between Syria and Turkey at Jarablus

Why Syria's Rebels Can't Have it All

Aug 06, 2012
The reasons to intervene in Syria are just not compelling enough to offset the risks and the unknowns. For the United States to enter the fray as a quasi-combatant would make matters more complicated, not less, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Policy.

Morocco’s Islamists: In Power Without Power

Aug 02, 2012
Seven months after an Islamist became prime minister for the first time in Morocco’s history, it remains as nebulous here as in Tunisia and Egypt what the Islamists coming to power really portends. It is a conundrum that Islamist-wary Western capitals and independent analysts are all struggling to fathom.

Jane Harman on the Role of the State Department

Jul 26, 2012
Jane Harman discusses the role of the State Department as well as a way forward for Syria in this interview with CNN.

Rola Dashti appointed to Kuwaiti Cabinet

Jul 20, 2012
Former member of parliament Rola Dashti was appointed state minister for planning and development and state minister for National Assembly affairs in Kuwait.

US Influence Waning in Middle East?

Jul 19, 2012
Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller appears on Fox News to talk about U.S. friends and enemies in the Middle East.
Afghan women protesting

Ending Violence Against Women

Jul 13, 2012
Director of the Wilson Center's new Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Rangita del Silva de Alwis joined NPR's The Diane Rehm show to discuss efforts to empower women and change cultural attitudes among men and boys.

New Era of Relations Between Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

Jul 12, 2012
Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi travelled to Saudi Arabia on July 11. In this exclusive interview, Senior Scholar David Ottaway explains the significance of this trip...
Robin Wright on Morning Joe

Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of the Middle East

Jul 12, 2012
USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright joined MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss her book "The Islamists are Coming," the rise of the Islamic political movement, and its staying power.

Syria’s Peace Initiative

Jul 11, 2012
In this interview on CTV News, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright discusses the nuanced message in Annan’s latest speech and the great stake that Syria’s allies Russia and Iran have in the outcome of the conflict. Would Assad’s ouster bring peace to Syria or would violence erupt among Syria’s various ethnic groups in a bid for power?

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