Middle East and North Africa News

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.

"Quran burning in Kabul? What it's like for an expat in Afghanistan"

Feb 27, 2012
During a lockdown, if you try to walk across the street to buy bread, your compound guards will not only deny you exit, they’ll reprimand you for being outside at all. It's all part of living in Kabul, former Wilson Center research assistant Matt Trevithick writes.

Michael Adler on the latest IAEA Report on Iran

Feb 24, 2012
Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler reacts to latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency

Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now

Feb 21, 2012
“Iran showed this week that it has a policy every bit as dual track as the one the United States is pursuing against it,” writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. “In a dramatic gesture, Iran stepped away from warnings of military retaliation to offer talks on a nuclear program Washington fears could lead to the bomb for the Islamic Republic.”

Jane Harman, Wilson Center Mourn Passing of Anthony Shadid

Feb 17, 2012
The Wilson Center family mourns the passing of Anthony Shadid – a remarkable reporter and unwavering champion for justice.

What Can the West do in Syria?

Feb 14, 2012
Robin Wright discusses options for the US and the West in stemming the violence in Syria on Sky 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.

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