The experience of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban, in Iran in the early days of the Islamic Republic, and now in Iraq, is a reminder that while considerable progress has been achieved in the area of women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa, reverses are always possible.
Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO at the Wilson Center, in a discussion with Mahmoud Jibril, Former Interim Prime Minister of Libya and Head of the National Forces Alliance.
David B. Ottaway is a senior scholar at the Wilson Center who has recently returned from Algeria. The following piece is an overview of his observations of Algeria’s May 10 parliamentary elections.
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Middle East Program Director, Haleh Esfandiari, was honored in recognition of her outstanding and inspirational work. She, along with Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a former Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, were among the first three recipients of the "Leader for Democracy" award given by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).
On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations.” This resolution is a very important step in the history of the women’s movement in the MENA region, especially at a time when women’s role and rights are being marginalized in a number of Arab countries.
An Islamist backed by the Muslim Brotherhood declared victory as Egypt's first democratically elected president even as the country's military rulers issued a decree that stripped the position of much of its power. With the United States giving billions in aid, is it time for America to put its money where its mouth is? Wilson Center President, Director, CEO Jane Harman joined CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss United States military aid to Egypt and what our next step should be.
As the Arab Spring enters its third year, the contours of a new strategic landscape are taking shape in the Middle East. Reflecting the disordered state of regional politics, this landscape is far from stable. Yet it contains features that will pose significant challenges for U.S. diplomacy.
May 22, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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