Jul 17, 2015
"Friction between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. over coalition actions in Yemen underscores how the agreement announced this week on Iran’s nuclear program threatens to widen a rift between Washington and its most important Arab ally in the Persian Gulf," writes David Ottaway. more
Jun 30, 2015
"Much depends on how the talks collapse: Who takes the hit will be important in the political positioning that inevitably follows the demise of a deal," writes Aaron David Miller. more
Jun 28, 2015
"The Iraq war still haunts Iran—and shapes the theocracy’s positions at the negotiating table—partly because tens of thousands are still dying from chemical weapons, according to the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support," writes Robin Wright. more
"Friction between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. over coalition actions in Yemen underscores how the agreement announced this week on Iran’s nuclear program threatens to widen a rift between Washington and its most important Arab ally in the Persian Gulf," writes David Ottaway.
"Much depends on how the talks collapse: Who takes the hit will be important in the political positioning that inevitably follows the demise of a deal," writes Aaron David Miller.
"The Iraq war still haunts Iran—and shapes the theocracy’s positions at the negotiating table—partly because tens of thousands are still dying from chemical weapons, according to the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support," writes Robin Wright.
"The deal may succeed in slowing Iran’s nuclear program. But sooner or later, some future U.S. President is bound to confront a richer, stronger, more influential Iran, one with nuclear weapons still within its reach," writes Aaron David Miller.
Dec 20, 2012
A delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI), Lamaan Sabri Mejlli, was recently appointed as the adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq. This is an honor that not many young...
Dec 18, 2012
On November 7, 2012, a mentoring call was held with the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Iraqi delegates.
July 09, 2015 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
Iran hopes that the pending nuclear framework agreement will lead to much needed foreign investment in its oil and gas sector. Insofar as eased sanctions permit, billions of dollars will be needed to reverse production declines and re-establish production growth. How realistic are Iran’s aspirations to attract such investment, and what increased production and exports can be reasonably expected over the near to medium term?
April 02, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ambassador Sumaida’ie, who recently returned from Iraq, will discuss the evolution of the struggle in Iraq is both complex and consequential. The outcome is going to be a major factor in determining the future shape of the region, and will have a significant impact on global geopolitics. The United States as well as other players should have a clear eyed assessment of where things are heading, and what needs to be done if the direction of events is not palatable.
March 12, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Hassan will discuss ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, which traces how the organization evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent faction into a jihadi army of local and foreign volunteers who control a territory equal to the size of Great Britain. The book also delves into how ISIS recruits, governs, and guards itself from potential bottom-up rebellions. It is the first book since ISIS’s recent rise to include original interviews with U.S. officials and ISIS members.
U.S. officials have been deluding themselves that they can fight ISIS in Iraq without cooperating with the Shi’a militias and Iran. The defeat in Ramadi proves them wrong. The goal of the new intervention in Iraq is to defeat ISIS. The United States needs to focus on that goal and work with the militias, or get out.
Ottaway writes that ISIS has at least three components: ISIS as a proto-state, ISIS as part of an Islamist network, and ISIS as a state of mind. These different aspects of ISIS cannot be fought with the same means, and policies that might help against one of these components may make attempts to combat the others more difficult.
Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus since 1979, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved subsequent to the ouster of Saddam Hussein. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question with the eruption of the Syrian revolt, and the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. This article provides an overview of the conditions in Syria and Iraq which facilitated the rise of ISIS, and explains what is at stake for Iran, particularly in the case of Iraq.
In a region already known for volatility, the Middle East continues to encounter new levels of crisis as conflicts rage in a number of countries. According to a panel of regional experts, “crisis” will continue to be the order of the day in 2015. Their observations on what’s been happening and what to expect in the coming months is the focus of this edition of REWIND.
In this Context interview, Jubin Goodarzi, Middle East scholar and analyst, discussed the complicated regional dynamics among Iraq, Syria, and Iran.
"Our counter narrative against ISIL is what is going to win the day. If we don't win the argument, we, the coalition of forty, are never going to prevail against the extremists." says Jane Harman.
Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability, UC Davis
Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transporta...
Former Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center; Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State
Senior Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco
Fatima Sadiqi is a recipient of a Harvard Fellowship. She is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies, author and editor of, among other works, Moroccan Feminist Discourses (2014), Women, Gender, and Language in Morocco (Brill, 2003), Gender and Violence in the Middle East (Routledge...