"By threatening everyone, including the Iranians and the Russians, Islamic State will have succeeded in uniting all to defeat it. Yet the price down the road for both countries will be increased pressure to abandon the Assad regime," write Henri Barkey and David Gordon.
"Whether you count yourself a fan of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies or a foe, one thing should be stunningly obvious by now: A good part of the president's foreign policy travails in this region stem from a pattern of needlessly high-flying rhetoric," writes Aaron David Miller.
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.
Given this president’s core beliefs — and the circumstances in which he is operating — the “do something, but not a lot” approach in Syria was foreordained. And here’s why, in more or less Obama’s own words.
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman.
This is not the first time hard-liners in Washington and Tehran have had parallel contretemps. Find out why.
At American University, the president was not the persuader in chief but the lecturing professor in chief—and his approach was unlikely to gain converts. Here's why.
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.
Two years into a term that promised to change the tone and substance of Iran’s politics and relationships around the world, a panel of experts gathered to assess President Rouhani’s performance beyond the nuclear deal. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey discusses ISIS and Turkey with Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, and David L. Philips, author of "The Kurdish Spring" on Charlie Rose.
Experts & Staff
- Henri J. Barkey // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Craig Romano // Program Assistant
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Jeffrey Goldberg // Distinguished Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director Emerita, Middle East Program