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Challenges to Women’s Security in the MENA Region

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2013, the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center invited a cross-section of women activists, politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs to give us their views on the challenges women face to their security. This publication, “Challenges to Women’s Security in the MENA Region” includes pieces from 42 women from 20 countries including the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, and countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region shared with us their concerns, disappointments, and hopes for women.

With This Redo, Do It Right

The next year may be more turbulent than the last one. Handled well, it could also be more productive, writes Robin Wright in The New York Times.

Women, Muslim Laws and Human Rights in Nigeria

In September 2003, the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Africa and Middle East Programs co-sponsored a forum on Women, Islam and Human Rights in Africa. At the forum, a notable keynote address was presented by the distinguished feminist scholar, Ayesha Imam, coordinator of the Nigerian women’s rights organization, BAOBOB. Here are Dr. Imam’s remarks, presented in the form of responses to queries posed by Woodrow Wilson Fellow and forum organizer, Mary Osirim.

Don't Let ISIS Distract from al Qaeda Threat

"Even as we work to stabilize the region, we absolutely must keep in mind the end game. For al Qaeda and the rest of the transnational jihadist movement, the brass ring remains a major attack on Western soil," writes Jane Harman.

An Enduring Peace: 25 Years after the Camp David Accords

On September 17, 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Accords, following 13 tough days of negotiation. On September 17, 2003, members of the Israeli, Egyptian, and U.S. delegations who participated in the Camp David negotiations came to the Wilson Center to commemorate and reflect on this historic event. Video of the event is available here online.

Middle East Roundtable & Context: Venezuela

Haleh Esfandiari, Joshua Stacher , and Aaron Miller discuss the latest developments in the Middle East. In our second segment, Cynthia Arnson provides insight into the re-election of Hugo Chavez.

Egypt’s Sissi is Not Moving Toward Democracy

"U.S. officials must make clear to the Egyptian military and its supporters, as well as to Islamists, that Washington will choose its friends, and that they do not include regimes that curb popular participation at the polls in favor of street mobilization," writes Marina and David Ottaway in The Washington Post.

Robin Wright’s book Rock the Casbah wins OPC Award

USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright’s book Rock the Casbah has won the Cornelius Ryan Award for best non-fiction book on international affairs.

The Jordanian Regime and the Muslim Brotherhood: A Tug of War

The momentum of the Arab Spring has weakened, at least temporarily, in Jordan. This has returned the relationship between Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Jordanian regime to its historic position of limited engagement rather than full cooperation. Having survived the initial wave of Arab Spring unrest by relying on its traditional political formula, the regime is now confident that it can maintain stability without making major compromises on political or institutional reforms.

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