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Are there any reasons for hope in the Middle East? Maybe.

Aug 27, 2015
"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.

Obama's Failure to Learn in the Middle East

Aug 26, 2015
"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.

MENA Women News Brief

Aug 25, 2015
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.

Death, Taxes, and the Slow Destruction of Syria

Aug 21, 2015
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.

ISIS’s Brutality Toward Women and Girls–and How to Help the Victims

Aug 14, 2015
"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.

In Washington and Tehran, Debate and Distrust Over Nuclear Deal

Aug 12, 2015
This is not the first time hard-liners in Washington and Tehran have had parallel contretemps. Find out why.

What Stood Out From Obama’s Speech on Iran Deal at American University

Aug 07, 2015
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.
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U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

Jul 31, 2015
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.
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Iran’s President Rouhani: Assessing His First Two Years in Office

Jul 31, 2015
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.
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Henri Barkey Discusses ISIS and Turkey on Charlie Rose

Jul 31, 2015
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.

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