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Iraqis’ New Personal Status Ja’fari Law is Sectarian

Many Iraqis have expressed outrage and protested against the Ja’fari bill on jurisprudence and personal status.

The U.S. Administration’s Policy in Iraq

Iraq has slipped in the priority of the U.S. administration given the tumultuous events in the region, but this is not justifiable in the long run. Iraq's security is deteriorating as violence intensifies, and thousands of civilians have been killed or injured since the beginning of this year. Nouri al-Maliki is driving the country into a new style of authoritarianism.

Rouhani's Surprising Election

Hassan Rouhani’s surprising first round victory in the presidential elections represents a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. In a field of candidates dominated by conservatives, Rouhani ran as a moderate. He questioned the necessity of the expanding security state and the constant oversight of student and civil society associations by the security agencies. He spoke of the need for greater freedom of press and speech, and devoted attention to women’s rights issues. Whether he will succeed, or whether he will initiate a change of direction only to be blocked by yet another rightwing backlash, remains to be seen.

Don't expect an Obama-Netanyahu blowup

Aaron David Miller writes for CNN.com that Obama and Netanyahu may have less reason to fight each other following elections in both the U.S. and Israel.
Jane Harman Morning Joe

Assessing the Situation in Afghanistan, Syria, and Egypt

Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman appeared on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" to discuss US foreign policy with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Morning Joe hosts. The conversation included discussion of UN Peace Envoy Kofi Annan’s call for a peaceful solution in Syria, whether the mission has been accomplished in Afghanistan, and the current state of Egypt.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

The threat of military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is real, as bilateral relations touch a low point on Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, says Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. A former Wilson Center public policy scholar, Parsi questions whether efforts to negotiate and engage with Iran have hastened conflict, making war a more real risk than under the Bush administration, which employed a more hardline approach to Iran.

Is It Possible to Negotiate With Iran?

For the last 30 years, the United States and Iran largely have remained estranged from each other, but the Obama administration has expressed interest in a dialogue with Iran. Two recent Middle East Program events explored whether negotiation is possible in the current atmosphere.

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