Middle East and North Africa News

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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."
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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.

Exorcizing the Islamic Ghost Haunting North Africa

Nov 29, 2011
The victory of moderate Islamist parties in parliamentary elections, first in Tunisia and now in Morocco, confirms the most significant change wrought so far by the Arab revolts of this past year-- their emergence into the mainstream of Arab politics as leading players. Whether these elections will exorcize the “Islamic ghost” haunting North Africa, Europe, and the United States remains to be seen, but initial signs are mostly promising.

Growing Unrest in Egypt on the Eve of Elections

Nov 23, 2011
Reflecting on her recent trips to Egypt and Tunisia, Jane Harman discusses the different situations in both countries and her suggestions for elections.

Progress for Women, but a Long Way to Go

Nov 23, 2011
In a year of some major successes for women — the Nobel Peace Prize, the commanding performances of Angela Merkel and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the end of men-first in the line of succession to the British throne — a new worldwide study concludes that women remain well behind men in two crucial areas: economic equality and political power.

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