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Perspectives on the Arab Spring: What It Means and Where It's Headed

The wave of unrest sparked by the Tunisian "Burning Man" has toppled regimes and created momentum for change that may not stop until the geopolitical landscape of the entire region is transformed. With one year in the history books, we turned to a panel of regional experts to gain their perspectives on the larger meaning of the events of the past year.

Advocating Change in Iraq

The Middle East Program's Jillian Frumkin discusses the need to strengthen civil society in Iraq so it is rooted in society before the June 30 transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis.

Confrontation Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

Michael Adler has been covering the Geneva talks on Iran’s nuclear program. The confrontation over Iran’s nuclear work contains contradictions that will be difficult to resolve, even with the better atmosphere brought in by President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The mixture of Iran reining in its nuclear work and the United States and its allies letting go of sanctions requires sacrifices that neither side is yet willing to make.

Full Monty Of Iran Sanctions Biting But May Take Months To Force Change

The U.S. and Europe have begun imposing the toughest sanctions on Iran since the nuclear crisis began a decade ago but it could be months before they start to affect negotiations, writes Michael Adler in AOL Defense.

The Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of the New Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani

On the occasion of Hassan Rouhani’s election as Iran’s new president, the Middle East Program compiled the views of 25 Iran experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States on the topic, “The Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of the New Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani.”

Young Saudis and The Kingdom’s Political Future

Many young Saudis admire the youthful protesters of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Bahrain. But they don’t seek to imitate their tactic of massive street protests. One reason why is that they still hope—despite the lack of available evidence—that the Saudi royal family will voluntarily begin to share power with the Saudi people. Presumably then, the government can rest easy? Not necessarily.

Women and Change in the Middle East

In this conference, speakers discussed progress toward the empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa. The first panel examined the status of women in a select number of countries in the region, focusing on women's rights and civil society, and examining developments in women's political participation and legal rights. The second panel focused on the experiences of women in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

If Shrines Are Threatened, Iran Will Send Troops

"Iran will need to be involved in any international solution to the chaos that has overtaken Iraq. But while there may be some commanders of the Revolutionary Guards who are arguing to send in military forces, Iran is unlikely to do more than send advisers to assist the Iraqi military, without committing its own forces," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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