Middle East and North Africa News

Divided Insurgents Unable to Prompt Mass Defections in Military

Feb 09, 2012
Syria’s opposition is still too fractured to pose a viable political alternative to President Bashar al-Assad, in spite of the mass killings of civilians in Homs and elsewhere, Wilson Center expert Robin Wright tells CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

Feb 08, 2012
The threat of military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is real, as bilateral relations touch a low point on Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, says Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. A former Wilson Center public policy scholar, Parsi questions whether efforts to negotiate and engage with Iran have hastened conflict, making war a more real risk than under the Bush administration, which employed a more hardline approach to Iran.
Iran nuclear plant

'Noose Tightening' Around Iranian Government as European Union Boycott Iranian Oil

Jan 25, 2012
Embargoes on Iranian oil exports are having the desired effect, but military options should still remain on the table to deter Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center told FoxNews on Tuesday. “The escalating rhetoric from Iran is proof that the sanctions are biting,” Harman said, noting a recent European Union boycott of Iranian oil. “All of this means that the noose is tightening around the Iranian government.” Harman stressed sanctions are aimed at dissuading Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. “The goal of these efforts is not to hurt the Iranian people but to get the government to abandon its potential nuclear ambitions,” she said.
People stand on a bridge overlooking the river Nile.

Return to Tahrir Square: Political Uncertainty, Military Unrest Color Protests

Jan 24, 2012
Egyptians mark the first anniversary of the revolution that toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak—an uprising centering on Cairo’s iconic square that prompted hopes of a new and democratic politics. Just back from a research trip to Egypt, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright gives a first-hand impression of the country’s political situation, reporting on protests against the military and the recent parliamentary elections.

Statement on Nabeel Rajab by Jane Harman, Director, CEO & President, The Woodrow Wilson Center

Jan 10, 2012
In response to the escalating tensions in the Bahraini capital Manama, and following the State Department's statement of concern regarding the violence in the city, Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman issued the following statement.

The Struggle for Freedom and Human Rights

Dec 21, 2011
Nabil Rajab, recipient of the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, says Bahraini people will continue to fight for human rights despite government intimidation. After ten months of government crackdown "people are back to the streets and are committed to the struggle until they achieve their goal."
Tahrir Square

Perspectives on the Arab Spring: What It Means and Where It's Headed

Dec 14, 2011
The wave of unrest sparked by the Tunisian "Burning Man" has toppled regimes and created momentum for change that may not stop until the geopolitical landscape of the entire region is transformed. With one year in the history books, we turned to a panel of regional experts to gain their perspectives on the larger meaning of the events of the past year.

Nabeel Rajab, 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award recipient is featured on NPR

Dec 02, 2011
Rajab, a leading Bahraini human rights activist, was among those targeted by the government and discusses his encounters with the Bahraini government forces during the uprising this spring on NPR.

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