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Turkey’s Presidential Elections 2014 - What do they mean for Turkey’s democratization process, the Kurdish question and Turkey’s foreign policy?

September 11, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Turkey’s Presidential elections in August 2014 offer an opportunity to evaluate the country’s progress under the rule of Mr. Erdogan for the past 12 years and to discuss Turkey’s political, economic and social transformations.

Having Faith in Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Distinguishing Between Noises and Signals

September 10, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Dr. Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will address current global geopolitical challenges, notably schisms in the Middle East and its consequences for the European security project and integration of the Western Balkans into European Union and NATO.

Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government

August 25, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
The advances of ISIS have reheated the debate on the future of Iraq. The country is threatened by a new wave of violence and destruction, as a large swath of territory has turned into a conflict zone and an uprising has shaken the political order. Turkey has both opportunities and challenges in Iraq, and keeps a close eye on the situation there. In this discussion, experts will address the future of Iraq and the KRG in the context of the current crisis, and will shed light on Turkey’s perspectives on the KRG, energy issues, minorities, and Iraq in general.

Teleconference: Can Iraq Be Saved? The US, ISIS and Iraqi Political Reconciliation

August 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
The situation in Iraq is as complicated as it is grim. ISIS continues to surge as the US tries to contain its gains through military strikes and direct military assistance to the Kurds. Meanwhile Baghdad boils as a new Prime Minister-designate faces off against an old one who refuses to give way. What are the prospects for checking ISIS and for political reconciliation in Iraq?

Teleconference: Gaza Conflict Resumes After Ceasefire Ends

August 11, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
The breakdown in the 72-hour Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and the resumption of the conflict between Israel and Hamas threatens to take the Gaza crisis to a new level. What are the prospects for escalation and/or for negotiations to de-escalate the situation? Can the requirements of the parties somehow be reconciled? What is the role of the Palestinian Authority and Egypt going forward? And what is the American role?
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Nutrition and the Continuum of Care: Pre-Conception to the Post-Natal Period

July 28, 2014 // 2:00pm5:00pm
Good nutrition is very important for the health of women and their babies. Iron, zinc, and iodine deficiencies can lead to malnutrition, which increases susceptibility to disease and reduces immunity, productivity, and development.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves

July 21, 2014 // 12:00pm1:15pm
The P5+1 and Iran have been negotiating since last January under a six-month deadline to convert an interim nuclear accord into a final agreement. This meeting, scheduled one day after that deadline, addressed the outcome of the negotiations—whether successful in yielding an agreement, extended to allow further negotiations, or at a point of breakdown. What are the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward? The meeting featured discussion of the new Middle East Program monograph by Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars and director of international security studies at the Wilson Center.

Teleconference: Israelis and Palestinians in Crisis: Are We at a Tipping Point?

July 15, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
The recent upsurge in violence in the West Bank and Gaza have brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a new and dangerous level. Is this just another periodic escalation or have we reached a tipping point that could take the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an even darker and dangerous place? Is the Fatah-Hamas unity deal dead? Where does Egypt stand? And, against the backdrop of a failed peace effort, is there still a credible and important role for the US?
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

In the Mainstream: Religious Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa

July 11, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Panelists discuss the rise and prominence of religious extremism in the MENA region. Although most attention and policies focus on the problem of violent religious extremism, non-violent religious extremism continues to spread in communities throughout the region. Both forms are significant in their ability to alter the social, cultural, and political landscapes of Muslim-majority countries. Speakers examine these issues and discuss how the United States and international community can address the rise of religious extremism in the MENA region.

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