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POMED Notes: “Iran and Its Neighbors”

by Mahpari on September 18, 2014


On Wednesday, September 17 2014, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a panel discussion entitled “Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement” to launch the Center’s eponymous report. The speakers included Ambassador Thomas H. Pickering, Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former National Intelligence Continue →


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Libya parliamentary spokesperson Faraj Hashi announced that the new cabinet list, presented by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Wednesday was rejected by the elected parliament. Lawmakers demanded that Thinni resubmit a cabinet list but with no more than 10 ministers.

The list presented by Thinni contained 16 names, including Human Rights activist Farida Allaghi as Foreign Continue →


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Iraq’s parliament rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi‘s nominations for interior and defense minister on Tuesday. al-Abadi is under internal and external pressure to fill these important posts both quickly and inclusively. The United States wants an inclusive Iraqi government to be formed as quickly as possible to confront Continue →

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman delivered remarks on U.S. policy in the Middle East at Georgetown university on Tuesday. Her speech was a comprehensive review of the various issues confronting the United States in the region. Above all, Sherman emphasized that any successful Continue →


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This new joint statement from al-Qa’ida’s affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic Maghreb (AQAP and AQIM)- which seems unprecedented- comes in opposition to the U.S.-led international coalition to fight against the Islamic State (IS), characterizing instead as war against Islam and Muslims. Several things Continue →

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by Matthew Barber


The plight of thousands of Yazidi women, kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) during its August 3 attack on Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in the following weeks, has received some media attention, but most people are unaware of just how far-reaching this disastrous phenomenon is. Boko Haram kidnapped Continue →

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On Thursday, September 11, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, to discuss American strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

For a full summary, keep reading or click here  for the PDF.

Framing action against ISIL as Continue →


POMED Notes: “Social Media and Social Activism”

by Mahpari on September 16, 2014


On Monday, September 15 2014, the Wilson Center and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs hosted a panel titled “Social Media and Social Activism: The cases of Brazil, Iran, and Mexico”. The panel was moderated by Daniel Calingaert, the executive vice-president of Freedom House; Paolo Sotero, the director of the Continue →


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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would welcome members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood into the country after Qatar, under pressure from other GCC countries, asked the exiled officials to find refuge elsewhere. Erdogan declared that Muslim Brotherhood leaders could be granted entry to Turkey as long as Continue →


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Truthdig Radio, in association with KPFK in Los Angeles, invited Waging Nonviolence contributor Sangamithra Iyer on their show last week to discuss her recent longform article “Foodies, feds and factory farms — Why we need vegans now more than ever.”



On Monday, September 15, the Wilson Center hosted a panel discussion titled “American Isolationism: Is It a Myth or a Reality?” Former foreign affairs correspondent and news anchor for CNN, Jill Dougherty, moderated a panel discussion between Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, Ambassador Ivo Daalder with Continue →


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Last week, Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) and 97 other members of Congress sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, urging them to reauthorize the Lautenberg Amendment. Originally enacted in 1989, the Lautenberg Amendment protects religious minorities from persecution in the Middle East and helps them Continue →