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Travelogue from Cairo Trip

Wilson Center Fellow Jason Brownlee reports on his one-week trip to Egypt to witness the May 19 referendum on amendments to the Egyptian constitution.

Iran Election Update

The Middle East Program offers the latest news on the Iranian presidential election of June 2013, based on a selection of Iranian news sources. The Iran Election Update is a daily summary of up-to-date information with links to news in both English and Farsi. It includes the latest developments and analysis of news about the upcoming election.

Showdown With Iran? Maybe Not In 2013

Michael Adler looks at the year ahead in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and explains why 2013 may not be the year of decision many are claiming it will be.

US Influence Waning in Middle East?

Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller appears on Fox News to talk about U.S. friends and enemies in the Middle East.

Michael Adler on the latest IAEA Report on Iran

Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler reacts to latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency

Little Reason for Fear

America's Arab allies are unnecessarily alarmed by the limited understanding reached over Iran's nuclear program, writes Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari. They imagine that in no time at all, the U.S. and Iran will be fast friends, Iran will emerge as the hegemon in the Persian Gulf, and Washington will sacrifice Arab security interests in Iran's favor. Here is why they are wrong.

The Resistible Rise of Islamist Parties

Some call it the Islamist winter while others talk of revolution betrayed. Neither claim portrays accurately what is happening in Arab countries in the throes of popular uprisings and rapid political change. The rise of Islamist parties in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings took most by surprise, including in some cases the Islamist parties themselves, which were more successful than they dared to hope. Coupled with the disarray of the secular opposition, the success of Islamist parties augurs poorly for democracy, because a strong, competitive opposition is the only guarantee against the emergence of a new authoritarianism.

Nabeel Rajab awarded the Advocacy Award from Index on Censorship

Former Wilson Center Public Policy Ion Ratiu Scholar Nabeel Rajab wins the Advocacy Award from Index on Censorship

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