When you're selling the least bad option as a strategic and consequential move, you know you have a problem, writes Aaron David Miller in ForeignPolicy.com.
James Zogby and guests highlight recent polling of Arab and Muslim opinion on Iran and delves into that nation’s declining popularity among citizens around the Middle East.
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke about her struggle to secure basic human rights in Iran and to dispel the notion that Islam and human rights, particularly for women and children, are incompatible. Video of her presentation is available here.
Former interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril gives an exclusive interview to former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Barbara Slavin in Al Monitor.
In exclusive interviews, Aaron David Miller, Haleh Esfandiari and William B. Milam discuss the significance of Muammar Gaddafi's death in the context of the greater Arab Spring.
Jane Harman and Zbigniew Brzezinski debate a U.S. intervention in Syria on Morning Joe. "I hope we have a strategy to work this out diplomatically with the Russians on the other side and the leader is moved out even if he stays in country and another transitional government takes his place,” said Jane Harman.
The June 26 meeting presented a reversal of the overarching conclusion of last year's conference that the election of President Ahmadinejad would not significantly affect Iran's path of reform. This underestimation was addressed with a discussion of the recent developments and trends in Iran. The first panel featured a discussion of the national political and socio-economic situation as well as a presentation on the power of the local democratic establishment in Iran. Speakers addressed the real versus perceived command capacity of President Ahmadinejad, the fruition or failure of his socio-economic policies, and the seeming reversal of local democratic reform under his administration. The second panel focused on Iran's foreign policy drivers, options, and goals. Speakers touched on Iran's historical and strategic ambitions in the Caspian region as well as its relations with Europe and the United States. They discussed Iran's attempt to secure itself economically and the strategic determinants steering the country's actions and overtures.
In 2012, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center produced 19 publications and 39 meetings.
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