July 25, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
Japan’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, more broadly, on Middle East issues generally has been shaped by two key factors: Tokyo’s quest for oil, and its awareness of the wider international diplomatic and political setting. Unfortunately for Japan, these two considerations have frequently pushed Japanese policy makers in opposite directions. Historically, Japan has preferred a low-key approach to the region. But in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Tokyo has faced increasing pressure to become more engaged--more specifically, to contribute to the U.S.-led war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Does Japan aspire to be a relevant player in the Middle East? Can it play such a role, if it wishes to do so? Wilson Center visiting scholar Yuka Uchida will discuss these and related issues as she explores the post-9/11 evolution of Japanese policy in the broader Middle East.
July 16, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
Former Public Policy Scholar Rajiv Chandrasekaran discusses his latest book, Little America--The War Within the War for Afghanistan.
July 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
What if the Syrian opposition doesn't unite? Are the Alawites preparing for a separate state? Are the Kurds? What is the likely impact of a Sunni dominated Syrian government on the region? How much U.S. intervention is the right amount? Landis discusses these questions and the future of Syria.
June 28, 2012 // 9:15am — 12:30pm
On June 28th, the Leadership Project held a workshop on multi-track diplomacy with Yair Hirschfeld, lead negotiator for the Oslo Accords, and others. The workshop focused its attention on lessons learned and understanding how best to employ the tools of multi-track diplomacy.
June 26, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ismail Serageldin discusses how Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) saw the rebirth of an ancient institution of scholarship and learning. For eight years in Mubarak’s Egypt, the BA was a beacon for freedom and enlightenment, and helped promote the deep currents that fed Egypt’s revolution in the Arab Spring. Yet its own values and commitments were and are being put to the test as the Egyptian people challenge authority and take charge of their own destiny.
June 20, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
May 22, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
On the eve of the Baghdad meeting between Iran and the P5+1, two Iran experts discussed the role of domestic dynamics.
May 21, 2012 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Fawaz Gerges argues that with a new Middle East emerging from the revolutionary rubble, now is the time for President Obama to truly make headway in the region. In his new book, Obama and the Middle East: The End Of America's Moment, he dissects President Obama’s Middle East strategy.
May 17, 2012 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
Blue White Future, a non-partisan Israeli organization that seeks to help achieve a two-state solution, has developed a radical new approach to achieve this goal. Blue White Future’s co-founder Ami Ayalon presented the plan and for a wide-ranging discussion of prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
May 15, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The current framework governing the economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority has failed to deliver economic prosperity and opportunity to the Palestinian people. The resulting economic stagnation could threaten peace in the region. Experts offered an in-depth discussion of this topic.
May 22, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
May 24, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm