Assessing Geneva II: Is there a Way to End the Syrian Nightmare?

January 27, 2014 // 9:30am10:30am
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three prominent analysts of Syria assess the results of the Geneva Conference and the future of political efforts to deal with the Syrian conflict. Was Geneva a key to an empty room? And if so, what would be required to fundamentally change the situation on the ground and move toward a political solution?

Congress and Foreign Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

January 15, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
This annual lecture serves to honor Dr. Michael Van Dusen’s commitment to the Middle East and constant support of the Middle East Program since its inception in February 1998. The series will provide a forum for the world’s leading thinkers and policymakers to speak on critical issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa region.

Of Plots and Corruption Scandals: The Crisis of Turkish Politics

January 10, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Turkey's governing party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan are mired in perhaps the severest crisis of their 11 year rule. Coming after the summer Gezi protests, the recent corruption scandal has shaken the AKP once again to its roots and undermined domestic and international confidence in Turkey's leadership acumen and capabilities. The damage that has been done could not have come at a worse time for AKP both in terms of the election calendar and the international challenges it faces.

Egypt’s New Constitution: Step Forward or Step Back?

December 19, 2013 // 1:00pm2:00pm
With the referendum on the new Constitution set for January 14/15, Egypt is at another critical juncture in its political transition. In this Ground Truth Briefing, experts discuss the new Constitution, political developments on the ground, and the U.S.-Egyptian relationship.

Sanctions Relief: Iran’s Economic and Monetary Policy Options

December 13, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
The speakers considered the impact of the sanctions relief package recently approved in Geneva on the Iranian economy.

CANCELED: Reform of Higher Education in Muslim Societies

December 09, 2013 // 9:00am10:00am
Panelists will discuss potential reform for higher education in Muslim societies.

Iran’s Nuclear Negotiations: The Consequences of Success or Failure for U.S. Interests

November 25, 2013 // 3:30pm4:30pm
In this Ground Truth Briefing, two veteran U.S. policymakers and a Wilson Center Iran expert assess the implications of ongoing nuclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran, and their consequences for American interests.

The Other Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Middle East in the Classroom

November 20, 2013 // 9:00am11:30am
A book launch for "Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East."

Egypt in Crisis

November 15, 2013 // 11:00am12:00pm
The Muslim Brotherhood has been overthrown, its leaders jailed or on the run, and the Egyptian military is again ruling the country. In a new FRONTLINE documentary, a follow up to the 2011 Emmy Award winning film, "A Revolution in Cairo," GlobalPost's Charlie Sennott explores the current moment of upheaval and chaos. He will discuss his most recent analysis of the origins of the crisis in Egypt and what happens next.

Ground Truth Briefing: A U.S.-Iranian Deal: Real Progress or the Key to an Empty Room?

November 12, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran analysts of Iran, Israel and the U.S.-Iranian relationship assess the latest round of P5+1 negotiations in Geneva. Is an interim accord sustainable? Can end-game diplomacy on the nuclear issue succeed? And how will regional players, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, deal with the results achieved so far?


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