Events

The Ayatollah's Nuclear Gamble: the Human Cost of Military Strikes against Iran's Nuclear Facilities

October 12, 2012 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Khosrow Semnani will present the findings of his new report, “The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble,” which offers a detailed, scientific discussion of the human and environmental consequences of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. The report and the discussion will highlight a largely overlooked issue in the intensifying public debate in the United States over the wisdom of using military force to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
photo by Mona Youssef
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Iran: Economic Troubles and International Sanctions

October 03, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
By talking about such complexities (existence of a large grey economy, regional interdependencies, deep-rooted merchant tradition, existence of semi-state economic institution etc.), the speakers will address the issue why sanctions do not have the intended result in Iran.
photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Women after the Arab Awakening

October 02, 2012 // 8:15am1:00pm
The meeting "Women after the Arab Awakening" follows up on the May 14, 2012 meeting and publication on "Is the Arab Awakening Marginalizing Women?"
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Director's Forum--Yemen’s Transition: The Way Forward

September 28, 2012 // 1:00pm2:00pm
His Excellency Abd Rabbo Mansur al-Hadi, president of the Republic of Yemen, will join the Wilson Center's Jane Harman and the Atlantic Council's Frederick Kempe to discuss progress and challenges in Yemen and the role of the international community.
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Iran, Iraq, and the GCC: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security

September 28, 2012 // 9:00am12:00pm
As Iraq strengthens its political, defense, and security capabilities, Iran’s claims to hegemony in the Gulf and over Iraq appear to be weakening. Professors David Siddhartha Patel, Mohsen Milani, and F. Gregory Gause will examine Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf Arab perceptions of a shifting balance of power in the region and its implications for strategic planning and regional stability. Roy Mottahedeh will analyze the role and influence of the Shi’a clerics and institutions in Iraq and Iran on politics and governance.
photo by Mona Youssef

Beyond Dichotomy: Building a New Egypt

September 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Over the past year in Egypt, Margot Badran has witnessed how in a society sharply polarized for several decades the old categories of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ have become increasingly meaningless as descriptors of clearly marked social identity yet also retain considerable political force. She discusses how sustained dichotmization impedes the construction of a new Egypt drawing upon her observations in both the capital and the provinces.
Ambassador Mohamad Chatah

The Middle East in Transition: A Lebanese Perspective

September 21, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
The region is in the midst of a historic but turbulent transition. Almost all the region's fault lines are in flux. Shia versus Sunnis; Iran versus its many enemies; militant Islam versus moderate Islam; and the Syrian dictatorship versus its own people, let alone the perennial Israel versus the Palestinians. While these are regional fault lines, nowhere do they all collide together the way they do in Lebanon - with potentially great ramifications for the country's security, its politics, and its future. Chatah will address these conflicts and related policy questions for Lebanon, for the rest of the region, and for the United States.
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Saudi Arabia's Race Against Time

September 17, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Ottaway reports on the state of the Saudi kingdom based on his latest trip to Saudi Arabia.
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Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran

September 13, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Former senior national security officials, military officers, and experts with decades of Middle East experience will convene to present the Iran Project’s Report, a balanced, fact-based analysis on the benefits and costs of military action against Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions about the ability of military action to achieve U.S. objectives, they offer in this report a foundation for clear thinking about the potential use of force against Iran.
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Will the Ongoing Nuclear Talks with Iran Yield Better Results than Past Efforts?

September 07, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Experts who participated in a February 2011 seminar on the Brazilian-Turkish mediation with Iran return to the Wilson Center to assess the ongoing negotiations and possible outcomes.

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