The Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Guest contributor Pia Wanek describes conditions in Gaza since the recent escalation of Israeli bombings--conditions that may deteriorate further with Israel's launch of a ground invasion. Compounding upon previous flare-ups in hostilities, "There is no return to 'normal' in Gaza, even when cease-fires hold," Wanek says.

Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Law

Although sexual harassment has been an endemic problem in Egypt for years, there has been very little public discussion on the topic, and the state has typically denied the breadth and severity of the problem. Yasmin El-Rifae explains why women's and human rights groups believe the recent law criminalizing sexual harassment is insufficient to address the problem.

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Thu, 07/24/2014
18:30 - 20:30
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The Middle East Institute and the Iraqi Cultural Center are pleased to host a screening and panel discussion on the award-winning documentary "Salaam Dunk," which follows the American University of Iraq- Suleimani all women's basketball team as they discover what it means to be students, athletes and friends.

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Wed, 07/30/2014
12:00 - 13:30
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The Middle East Institute and The World Bank are pleased to host a presentation and discussion of the recently released World Bank report, More Jobs, Better Jobs: A Priority for Egypt.  After opening remarks by Wendy Chamberlin (President, The Middle East Institute) and Inger Andersen (MENA Vice President, The World Bank), lead author Tara Vishwanath (Poverty Global Practice, The World Bank) will present the main findings of the report, focusing on its implications for policy.

Egypt’s New Parliamentary Election Law

Just 48 hours before handing over the reigns to now President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour signed into law a controversial piece of legislation that regulates elections for Egypt’s new House of Representatives. Mohamed Elmenshawy explains why many in the country fear that this election law represents a dramatic setback.

How Afghanistan Pulled Back From the Brink

The compromises achieved by Secretary Kerry’s intervention in Afghanistan's electoral standoff acknowledge that the country would be better served by a governing structure that spreads powers between a president and prime minister. However, the goodwill shown in the agreement may be severely tested in the coming weeks, months, and beyond.

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Thu, 07/24/2014
12:00 - 13:30
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Egypt's Minya Governorate: Politics and the Peasantry

Only about one-third of the eligible voters in the Minya governorate cast a ballot in the recent presidential elections. Naglaa Mahmoud explains the effects of land laws over the years that have steadily eroded the ability of farming communities to support themselves.

The Muslim Brotherhood One Year after the Ouster

One year after the July 3 ouster of President Mohammad Morsi, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is facing challenges that will shape the group’s future and that of political Islam.  While the outcome of this conflict is not yet known, Ibrahim el-Houdaiby explains why it is unlikely that the Muslim Brotherhood—and Islamism in the region and  beyond—will look the same again. 

 

The New Wave of Israeli-Palestinian Violence

"The recent wave of violence between Israel and Hamas, which to date has resulted in the death of more than 100 Palestinians and the injury of several Israelis, continues to escalate with no clear sign of when it might end," writes MEI scholar Paul Scham from inside Israel. "The only thing that is fairly certain is how it will end."

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