Middle East and North Africa News

Will Annan Save Assad?

Mar 29, 2012
Kofi Annan’s plan for a political transition in Syria won’t end the violence and could make things much worse for the opposition by weakening international resolve, says Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller in a New York Times opinion piece.

Iran Nuclear Tensions Less a Worry in Europe

Mar 21, 2012
Europeans feel less of a threat than do Americans, though proliferation remains a concern, EU lawmaker Tarja Cronberg tells Context. “I do not think there is the same sense of urgency ... or [the belief] that Iran could attack Europe.”

IAEA Closing In On Parchin

Mar 15, 2012
The UN’s nuclear watchdog wants access to the controversial site, to investigate allegations an atom bomb “trigger” may have been tested there. Senior Scholar Michael Adlers provides a fact sheet explaining what's going on.
Ayatollah Khamenei voting

After Vote, A New Approach to Iran?

Mar 14, 2012
By consolidating Ayatollah Khamenei’s grip on power, last week’s elections suggest a new diplomatic “middle ground,” analyst Bijan Khajehpour says. “My feeling is that there could be an opening.”

Diplomacy Reemerging to Deal With Iran

Mar 08, 2012
Diplomatic solutions are retaking center stage as recent developments—Iran’s parliamentary vote and the Netanyahu-Obama meeting—lead to a palpable softening of rhetoric, reducing the likelihood of imminent military action, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler tells Context.

Reflections on Women in the Arab Spring: Women’s Voices from Around the World

Mar 05, 2012
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012, the Middle East Program asked a cross-section of women in the MENA region, the United States, and other countries to reflect on how women have fared in the Arab Spring.

Obama, Netanyahu Can't Afford Fight

Mar 05, 2012
Politics and rising tensions with Iran will make this meeting between Obama and Netanyahu more about common interests than conflict, writes Distinguished Scholar Aaron Miller in Policito.

Palestine-Israel Peace Unlikely Agenda Item

Mar 05, 2012
Election-year politics, post-Arab Spring uncertainty, and the Fatah-Hamas rift are standing in the way of a possible two-state solution—while Iran’s nuclear program remains in dominant focus.

Fall 2012 CWIHP Internship Opportunities

Feb 28, 2012
The Cold War International History Project is currently accepting internship applications for the Fall 2012 academic semester. Deadline to apply: 7/20

U.S.-Led Exit Strategy for Assad

Feb 28, 2012
An offer of immunity for Assad would save many lives and deal a blow to Iran, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in The Wall Street Journal.

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