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Women’s Rights Under Egypt’s Constitutional Disarray

Egypt’s post-revolution constitution does not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender or religion. It only recognizes women’s domestic role within a family “founded on religion, morality, and patriotism.” Clerics will have the final word over the new laws.

Getting the Story in Iraq---At What Cost?

In the chaotic, precarious landscape that is Iraq, can journalists do their job? 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and current Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Anthony Shadid contends that Iraq's future and journalists' ability to cover the nation are linked and will depend on the situation on the ground. In this article, Shadid relates what he has learned over the past year covering Iraq, both on the ground and here in Washington, DC. He also reveals what he considers the most far-reaching, if least noticed aspect of the war in Iraq.

IAEA Chief Cites Modest Iran Nuclear Progress; Official Report Due

Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler interviewed IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and reports in Breaking Defense that Iran’s recent slow down on its nuclear program could signal a readiness to create favorable conditions for a deal with the U.S.

Iran Nuclear Talks Stagger On With Little Progress

Talks with Iran on its nuclear work have continued but little progress has been made. Iran nuclear expert Michael Alder reports that a "large gap" remains between the positions of Iran and the six nations negotiating with it – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France.

The Nuclear Issue: Why is Iran Negotiating?

After several months of uncertainty, the Iranian government finally agreed to meet again with the P5+1 group in Almaty, Kazakhstan on February 26 for negotiations over its nuclear program. Iran’s economy is suffering the effects of the severe sanctions imposed by the West, but the government is not yet prepared to change course on the nuclear issue. Iran needs to be certain of a positive outcome from the negotiations before it commits itself to meeting the West’s concerns over its nuclear intentions.

Iran Under President Ahmadinejad

The June 26 meeting presented a reversal of the overarching conclusion of last year's conference that the election of President Ahmadinejad would not significantly affect Iran's path of reform. This underestimation was addressed with a discussion of the recent developments and trends in Iran. The first panel featured a discussion of the national political and socio-economic situation as well as a presentation on the power of the local democratic establishment in Iran. Speakers addressed the real versus perceived command capacity of President Ahmadinejad, the fruition or failure of his socio-economic policies, and the seeming reversal of local democratic reform under his administration. The second panel focused on Iran's foreign policy drivers, options, and goals. Speakers touched on Iran's historical and strategic ambitions in the Caspian region as well as its relations with Europe and the United States. They discussed Iran's attempt to secure itself economically and the strategic determinants steering the country's actions and overtures.

Robin Wright on the Crisis in Iraq

Wilson Center Scholar Robin Wright and Les Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations talk on “Charlie Rose” about the escalating crisis in Iraq.

Middle East Program 2013 Year in Review

In 2013, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center produced 44 publications and 63 meetings. The summary of all of our activities is in the attachment below.

Mohamed ElBaradei From Vienna to Cairo: A Transition

ElBaradei, the former international bureaucrat, is now in government in his homeland. It remains to be seen how he fares in this new role. The military, after all, is looking over his shoulder after putting him in power. ElBaradei’s delicate task will be to reassure the military while preserving his commitment to a real democracy. If the past is any guide, the mild-mannered Nobel Peace laureate may turn out to be surprising due to his tenacity.

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