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Wilson Forum - Allies at Odds: Obama, Netanyahu, and The State of U.S.- Israeli Relations

On an all new episode of Wilson Forum the state of the U.S. – Israeli relations and the current relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is discussed.

The Endgame in Gaza

Netanyahu has now laid out a different vision for an acceptable endgame -- the "demilitarization" of Gaza, writes Aaron David Miller. Is he serious and is a demilitarized Gaza really possible?

Interview between Efraim Halevy and Aaron David Miller

Efraim Halevy is a former Director of Mossad and former Head of the Israeli National Security Council. Aaron David Miller is the Vice President for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The interview took place following the October 18 meeting “Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel” at the Wilson Center.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Is a Breakthrough Possible?

Expectations will be low at Saturday’s meeting on Iran’s controversial nuclear program. But dim hope is better than none at all, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler says. En route to Turkey, he tells Context the talks could reinvigorate diplomatic efforts between the West and Tehran.

Empowering Women in the Muslim World

Women in the Middle East continue to strive for equality and justice throughout the region. Several recent Middle East Program meetings explored the progress in some countries and some of the challenges that remain.

The Bread Revolutions of 2011 and the Political Economies of Transition

During the 2011 uprisings, Arab protesters channeled decades of discontent with failed economic policy. However, the demise of leaders will not be enough to answer this discontent nor ensure productive development. Scholarship on the political determinants of economic development finds that the common recipe of expanding the private sector and increasing trade openness may be valuable but is not sufficient on its own for successful development. The Arab world’s economic path to 2011 included implementation in these areas, yet reform in underlying socio-economic structures and interests lagged. Addressing these conditions constitutes one of the most serious challenges facing Arab economies and politics.

Best Chance in a Decade on an Iran Nuke Deal

In this interview, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright and former scholar David Sanger both agree that a nuclear deal with Iran could be imminent. “Iran needs a deal like never before,” said Robin Wright. “I would be surprised if we don’t get a deal.”

A New Egypt Must Learn Political Compromise

"Too often, the "winner-takes-all" Mubarak model persists in Egyptian politics. Instead of engaging or working within the system, and compromising, opposition forces protest in Tahrir Square or boycott. While these tactics won a revolution, they will not build a democracy," writes Jane Harman.

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