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The Syrian Refugee Crisis is Pushing Lebanon to the Brink

The Syrian refugee issue in Lebanon is threatening to become the real humanitarian crisis in the region. There are more Syrian refugees in Lebanon than in any other country in the region. Straddled by a weak economy, domestic political infighting, and internal divisions over the crisis in Syria, Lebanon is finding it hard to cope with the evolving problem inside its borders. In the absence of a quick and sustained international support, the refugee issue in Lebanon could become a full blown crisis with domestic and regional implications for Lebanon.

Can International Human Rights Norms Secure Women’s Rights in the MENA Region? (Fall 2013)

This publication is the outcome of the July 10, 2013 conference of the same name co-sponsored by the Middle East Program, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Global Health Initiative. Women leaders and activists from the Middle East write about the current women’s rights situation on the ground in the region and what strategies can be employed to use international human rights norms to secure their rights going forward.

The Women's Movement in Iran

In this chapter from The Iran Primer, Haleh Esfandiari provides an historical overview of the women's movement in Iran.

Will Annan Save Assad?

Kofi Annan’s plan for a political transition in Syria won’t end the violence and could make things much worse for the opposition by weakening international resolve, says Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller in a New York Times opinion piece.

Middle Eastern Women on the Move

As part of its series on gender issues in the Middle East, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Project held, on October 2 and 3, 2001, a two-day conference on “Middle Eastern Women on the Move: Openings for and the Constraints on Women’s Political Participation in the Middle East.”

A Third Iraq War?

"Given its deepening sectarian and ethnic divisions—and the absence of a cohesive or effective military—the modern Iraqi state may not hold," writes Robin Wright.

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.
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Body Language, Small Steps Key to Iran Nuclear Talks

No one expects a concrete agreement to come out of the P5+1 meeting to revive a diplomatic process that stalled almost a year-and-a-half ago. The success of this meeting hinges on whether the Islamic Republic is serious about making a deal on its nuclear program. But can such a weighty matter hinge on how an Iranian diplomat acts and speaks at a meeting, rather than on whether an agreement is reached? Michael Adler reports from Istanbul.

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