Middle East and North Africa News

Robin Wright on BBC

Egypt Risks 'Unraveling the Revolution'

Jun 20, 2012
Egypt could risk an "unraveling of the revolution" amid declining voter turnout over the course of the elections and deepening political polarisation, Wilson Center-USIP Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright told BBC's Jane O'Brien.

Moscow Talks Grind To Halt; Some Progress Claimed

Jun 20, 2012
"The goal of winning "concrete steps" from Iran is still far away. This gives fuel to those who argue that time is running out because Iran continues to expand its enrichment and other nuclear work. And it puts a question mark over what the results in Moscow mean going forward," writes Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler.
Jane Harman on "Erin Burnett OutFront"

Harman on Egypt's Military Power Grab: "I am Stunned"

Jun 19, 2012
An Islamist backed by the Muslim Brotherhood declared victory as Egypt's first democratically elected president even as the country's military rulers issued a decree that stripped the position of much of its power. With the United States giving billions in aid, is it time for America to put its money where its mouth is? Wilson Center President, Director, CEO Jane Harman joined CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss United States military aid to Egypt and what our next step should be.

Are Moscow Talks Iran's Last Chance?

Jun 18, 2012
Iran meets with the US and five other nations in Moscow this week over its nuclear program. It is their third session in three months in the latest round of an almost decade-old attempt to answer fears that Iran seeks the bomb. Yet the two sides still have irreconcilable positions, and it is hard to see an ice-breaker towards a deal, writes Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler.
Jane Harman and Aung San Suu Kyi

What Myanmar can Teach Egypt

Jun 15, 2012
"While the Burmese may have been impressed with events in Tahrir Square last year, Egypt should be looking to Myanmar’s example now. Egyptians are due to head to the polls this weekend but democratic change seems increasingly elusive. Myanmar, meanwhile, has moved further and faster toward real political reform," writes Jane Harman in Politico.

Can Egypt Become a Representative Democracy?

Jun 15, 2012
Jane Harman discusses the Egyptian Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the country’s lower house of parliament and the second round of Egyptian Presidential elections on Fox News Live.

Syria: Calls for Action, But a Lack of Good Options

Jun 14, 2012
Reports and images from Syria continue to cause heartbreak and outrage around the world as calls for intervention increase. Veteran analyst and observer Aaron David Miller says that there may be no good options for action.

The Year Ahead in Political Demography

Jun 11, 2012
The Arab Spring was anticipated by few, but for a handful of political demographers it was a watershed of sorts. Although such game-changers are rarely predictable, the year ahead promises to be eventful as well, with new demographic research and major policy initiatives on the horizon.

The Stalled Arab Spring

Jun 07, 2012
Unless the Arabs figure out a way to share power toward some common purpose, the prospects for anything resembling democratic and accountable polities will be slim to none, writes Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller.

The Arab Awakening: A Step Forward or Back For Women?

Jun 06, 2012
The initial optimism in the wake of the "Arab Spring" has in some cases given way to fears of women being marginalized through the rise of fundamentalist religious political parties. An expert on the global struggle for human rights, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, offers her analysis.

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