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After Vote, A New Approach to Iran?

Mar 14, 2012
By consolidating Ayatollah Khamenei’s grip on power, last week’s elections suggest a new diplomatic “middle ground,” analyst Bijan Khajehpour says. “My feeling is that there could be an opening.”

Diplomacy Reemerging to Deal With Iran

Mar 08, 2012
Diplomatic solutions are retaking center stage as recent developments—Iran’s parliamentary vote and the Netanyahu-Obama meeting—lead to a palpable softening of rhetoric, reducing the likelihood of imminent military action, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler tells Context.

Reflections on Women in the Arab Spring: Women’s Voices from Around the World

Mar 05, 2012
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012, the Middle East Program asked a cross-section of women in the MENA region, the United States, and other countries to reflect on how women have fared in the Arab Spring.

U.S.-Led Exit Strategy for Assad

Feb 28, 2012
An offer of immunity for Assad would save many lives and deal a blow to Iran, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in The Wall Street Journal.

"Quran burning in Kabul? What it's like for an expat in Afghanistan"

Feb 27, 2012
During a lockdown, if you try to walk across the street to buy bread, your compound guards will not only deny you exit, they’ll reprimand you for being outside at all. It's all part of living in Kabul, former Wilson Center research assistant Matt Trevithick writes.

Michael Adler on the latest IAEA Report on Iran

Feb 24, 2012
Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler reacts to latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency

Iran's Apparent Rebuff Risks Escalating Nuclear Tension

Feb 22, 2012
IAEA inspectors were unable to visit Iran’s controversial Parchin nuclear facility despite “intensive efforts” to include the site on a recent itinerary, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler writes in The Daily Beast. Characterizing the omission as a rebuff, Adler says it could ratchet up concerns in the international community that Iran is exploring the use of nuclear technology in military applications.

Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now

Feb 21, 2012
“Iran showed this week that it has a policy every bit as dual track as the one the United States is pursuing against it,” writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. “In a dramatic gesture, Iran stepped away from warnings of military retaliation to offer talks on a nuclear program Washington fears could lead to the bomb for the Islamic Republic.”

What Can the West do in Syria?

Feb 14, 2012
Robin Wright discusses options for the US and the West in stemming the violence in Syria on Sky News.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

Feb 08, 2012
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.

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