The idea that Syria was anyone’s to win or lose, or that the United States could significantly shape the outcome there, is typical of the arrogant paternalism and flawed analysis that have gotten this country into heaps of trouble in the Middle East over the years, argues Aaron David Miller.
In a recent media briefing held at the Wilson Center, Hadi Semati, Wilson Center public policy scholar and noted Iranian political analyst, commented on the results of the Iranian election, from voter turn-out to the future changes in Iran under its new president and the implications of the election results for Iran's domestic and foreign policies.
In this Context Q&A, former Israeli Chief Peace Negotiator Gilead Sher discussed the newest round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the larger security picture in the region.
The Middle East Program offers the latest news on the Iranian presidential election of June 2013, based on a selection of Iranian news sources. The Iran Election Update is a daily summary of up-to-date information with links to news in both English and Farsi. It includes the latest developments and analysis of news about the upcoming election.
Michael Adler looks at the year ahead in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and explains why 2013 may not be the year of decision many are claiming it will be.
Outreach & Communications Director Sharon McCarter traveled to the Middle East last year with Haleh Esfandiari and shares her thoughts about her colleague and friend.
America's Arab allies are unnecessarily alarmed by the limited understanding reached over Iran's nuclear program, writes Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari. They imagine that in no time at all, the U.S. and Iran will be fast friends, Iran will emerge as the hegemon in the Persian Gulf, and Washington will sacrifice Arab security interests in Iran's favor. Here is why they are wrong.
Reports and images from Syria continue to cause heartbreak and outrage around the world as calls for intervention increase. Veteran analyst and observer Aaron David Miller says that there may be no good options for action.