Sabbahi, Spoiled Ballots, and the Egyptian Election
The Quest to Eradicate Polio in Pakistan

Pakistan is only one of three countries in which polio has never been stamped out. With a recent and disturbing spike in cases, the Pakistani government is taking action. Can its eradication campaign succeed? Amanullah Ghilzai reports.

Event Date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014
10:00 - 11:30

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In the wake of Egyptian presidential elections, scholars Steven A. Cook (Council on Foreign Relations), Mohamed Elmenshawy (The Middle East Institute), Amy Hawthorne (Atlantic Council), Gamal Helal (Helal Enterprises, LLC), and Emad Shahin (The Woodrow Wilson Center, American University in Cairo) will discuss the circumstances and outcome of the presidential vote.

Sen. John McCain's Speech on the Syrian Crisis

Senator John McCain delivered the keynote address at the 2014 EU-Washington Forum on Tuesday, May 20, at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event was co-hosted by The Middle East Institute and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. Transcript and Podcast available.

Egypt's Election: Beyond the Foregone Conclusion

Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi is expected to win Egypt's presidential election against Hamdeen Sabahi by a wide margin. Despite this largely foregone conclusion, Paul Salem outlines the salient points to consider regarding the race, from election conditions and turnout to what the outcome may mean for the country's political and economic future.

Event Date: 
Tue, 06/03/2014
12:00 - 13:30

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The Middle East Institute and the Arab American Institute are pleased to host a poll launch and panel discussion on Arab attitudes towards the United States and President Barack Obama five years after his landmark speech in Cairo. The poll, conducted in seven Arab countries, looks at the major issues driving Arab attitudes toward the United States today, including U.S.

Kuwait: At the Crossroads of Change or Political Stagnation

Kuwaitis are living in a post-Arab Spring world, but their nation's political structures remain in 1962. Change, whether initiated by the government or compelled by the reemergence of peaceful demonstrations, is inevitable, writes Shafeeq Ghabra in this MEI Policy Paper.

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/29/2014
18:00 - 19:30

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The Middle East Institute is pleased to host Richard A. Clarke, chairman of MEI's board of governors, for a discussion of his latest book, Sting of the Drone (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014). Drawing upon over 30 years of experience in U.S. government agencies, including the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House National Security Council, Clarke will discuss his fictional account of military and defense personnel working in the U.S. drone program. Afterwards, Clarke will sign copies of his book.

**Wine and cheese will be served.

Pakistan in the Middle

For decades Pakistan has found itself caught between Saudi Arabia and Iran, writes Marvin Weinbaum. These antagonists have sought to enlist Pakistan's foreign policies behind their competing ideologies, geostrategic designs, and economic interests in Afghanistan, the Gulf, and beyond. Both states have a demonstrated capacity to reward -- as well as punish -- Pakistan.

Special Feature on Egypt's Economic Woes

MEI presents a collection of infographics, videos, and article excerpts providing a quick guide to the state of Egypt's economy, and what the government, the international community, and entrepreneurial citizens are doing to try to restart it.