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Why 'Soft' Power in Iran is Counterproductive

Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak explain why the realities in the diplomatic arena and on the ground in Iran call for a change of approach in U.S. foreign policy.

Learning Politics in Tunisia

Two years after the uprising that forced President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali into exile, Tunisians are slowly coming to grips with the reality of politics in a pluralist system where opposition is real and the outcome of political contestation is not predetermined. The process is slow and somewhat uncertain, and it would be premature to conclude that Tunisian politicians have fully embraced not only the concept of democracy but also its concrete implications.

MENA Women's News Brief

The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-monthly basis.

Of Revolutions, Regime Change and State Collapse in the Arab World

David Ottaway, Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Marina Ottaway, Director of the Middle East Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, published a piece for Carnegie Endowment and for the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center on "Of Revolutions, Regime Change and State Collapse in the Arab World."

The Arab Awakening: A Step Forward or Back For Women?

The initial optimism in the wake of the "Arab Spring" has in some cases given way to fears of women being marginalized through the rise of fundamentalist religious political parties. An expert on the global struggle for human rights, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, offers her analysis.

Exorcizing the Islamic Ghost Haunting North Africa

The victory of moderate Islamist parties in parliamentary elections, first in Tunisia and now in Morocco, confirms the most significant change wrought so far by the Arab revolts of this past year-- their emergence into the mainstream of Arab politics as leading players. Whether these elections will exorcize the “Islamic ghost” haunting North Africa, Europe, and the United States remains to be seen, but initial signs are mostly promising.

Arab Journalist Discusses Egypt's New President, U.S. Foreign Policy toward her Country

Visiting Arab Journalist Yassmine Hani discusses her impressions of Egypt's new president, Egypt's relations toward Israel in light of the Muslim Brotherhood victory, and U.S. foreign policy toward her country.

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