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Combating Human Trafficking: Key Approaches

According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is among the fastest growing criminal activities with more than 700,000 people, mostly women and children, trafficked worldwide annually, including 50,000 persons into the United States. This half-day conference focused on trafficking in persons and regional responses to combating this problem.

Reflections on Women in the Arab Spring: Women’s Voices from Around the World

In Celebration of International Women’s Day 2012

Commentary on the talks with Iran by Michael Adler

Once again, talks between the international community, led by the United States, and Iran have failed to reach an agreement. Talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last Friday and Saturday, ended in a stalemate, writes Michael Adler.

China and the Persian Gulf

Beijing, in its quest looking for energy resources, is slowly and steadily building ties with the resource-rich Persian Gulf states. What implications does this have for Washington which constantly looks to counterbalance China's influence in the global arena? This new book, edited by the Asia Program at the Wilson Center, examines China’s role in the Persian Gulf, evolving views on China from within the Gulf, and what China’s presence means for the United States.

Egyptian Democracy: Is the Ouster of Morsi a Step Forward or Backward?

Many observers see the military’s removal of President Morsi from office as a step backward for democracy and the rule of law. We spoke with a former Egyptian official who believes the opposite and sees the current situation as an example of democracy in action. Moushira Khattab provides context on the evolution of Egyptian politics.

"The Woman Question," an article by Haleh Esfandiari

In fighting for their own rights, women in the Middle East are broadening the democratic space in society as a whole.

Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule

David Ottaway, a senior scholar at the Wilson Center, has recently returned from Tunisia. This piece is an overview of his observations of current challenges faced by Tunisia’s leadership.

Can the Iran Nuclear Issue be Resolved?

Following the interim P5+1 deal with Iran, the world has never been this close to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue. There is no doubt that a de-escalation in Western relations with Tehran will help usher in a more cooperative and less threatening Iran whose domestic political dynamics would positively influence the region as a whole.

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