Middle East and North Africa News

Seven Ways Seven Billion People Affect the Planet

Oct 31, 2011
Seven billion people now live on earth, only a dozen years after global population hit six billion. But the seven billion milestone is not about sheer numbers: Demographic trends will significantly impact the planet’s resources and peoples’ security.
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Libya and the Arab Spring after Gaddafi

Oct 31, 2011
In exclusive interviews, Aaron David Miller, Haleh Esfandiari and William B. Milam discuss the significance of Muammar Gaddafi's death in the context of the greater Arab Spring.
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Foiled Iranian Terror Plot

Oct 20, 2011
The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador has increased the fear of more attacks on American soil and raised questions about what could be gained from such a bold provocation. Wilson Center experts provide broader context to this bizarre and disturbing news.

NPIHP partner and former Wilson Center scholar Avner Cohen interviewed in Jerusalem Post

Oct 13, 2011
Avner Cohen, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a close NPIHP partner was recently interviewed by the Jerusalem Post on Iran’s nuclear program.

Uncle Sam and the Saudi Split

Sep 26, 2011
Why is the House of Saud risking its hard-won relationship with Washington over the Palestine statehood issue? Senior Scholar David Ottaway examines this recent tension.

World Readies for Palestine Statehood Bid

Sep 18, 2011
With Palestine’s bid for statehood still under consideration by the UN General Assembly, Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller discusses the hard road ahead of a possible vote, its implications for Israel, and the United States' position on a UN-recognized Palestinian state.

The Mideast Blame Game

Aug 22, 2011
As Palestine prepares to make its case for statehood before the United Nations next month, world powers are maneuvering to ensure they're not to blame for the outcome—and this has only exacerbated the Israel-Palestine standstill, writes Aaron David Miller in The Washington Post.

Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab to Receive 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Jul 29, 2011
Nabeel Rajab, a leading human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, will receive the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, presented annually by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Ripples of the Arab Spring: Revolt and the Role of Women

Jul 07, 2011
Pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East since December 2010. The Wilson Center's Middle East Program continues to hold meetings to explore effects in different countries and among different groups, including women. Events included a June event in which three female panelists participated in the Wilson Center session from Egypt, via Skype.

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