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The Program looks more broadly at traditional and non-traditional security topics across the region. In early 2011, we have turned our attention to how the dramatic political upheavals in North Africa and Egypt may affect regional security.  The program is also interested in the security roles of regional organizations and their interaction with international actors; NATO-GCC cooperation is an area of research. 

Project News

Ellen Laipson provides insights on intelligence in the
aftermath of the death of Osama Bin Laden on CBC on May 2 and CNN on May 3.

Ellen Laipson is
quoted in Laura Rozen’s article, Syriana: U.S. raises alarm as Syrian
crackdown takes on sectarian cast
, (Yahoo News) on April 14, 2011.

Ellen Laipson discusses the developments in Libya, Syria,
Yemen, and Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Bahrain on
the “Free Hour” (Alhurra-TV) on April 5, 2011.

Ellen Laipson appeared on Viewpoint with
James Zogby
to discuss recent violence and political unrest in the Bahrain, Yemen,
and Libya. View the video here.  

Ellen Laipson and David Michel participate in a roundtable discussion with visiting Middle East leaders on conflict resolution, resource management, and U.S. engagement with the region on March 17, 2011. Click here for more information.

Ellen Laipson quoted on U.S.-Saudi relations by the New York Times on March 14, 2011.  (U.S.-Saudi Tensions Intensify With Mideast Turmoil, by David Sanger and Eric Schmitt)

Ellen Laipson discusses the geopolitical impact from the continuing anti-government protests in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and offers suggestions on how the U.S. should respond on CSPAN’s Washington Journal on February  20, 2011.

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Report on the Workshop: Nuclear Dangers, Nuclear Realities, August 30, 2010

In the future, 2009 and 2010 may emerge as a decisive time in the evolution of international nuclear policies.  The global demand for energy security has led to renewed interest in safe and clean nuclear energy, and has raised issues about global standards and regulation of the nuclear energy industry.  At the same time, international efforts have accelerated to envision a world free of nuclear weapons and to prevent the spread of nuclear materials and technology, particularly to terrorists. In short, the present moment holds promise and danger for the nuclear future. This report summarizes the discussion of a workshop held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in mid-April 2010, which examined the intersection of these two nuclear trends…read more>>

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As in Asia, Reform
in Arab World Depends on Distinct Cultural Settings
” May 26, 2011
By Ellen Laipson

Center or Bust?: Will the Various Forces in Bahrain Finally Compromise on a Centrist Approach to Power?, March 8, 2011
By Jean Francois Seznec

Crackdown in Bahrain, February 22, 2011
By Jean-Francois Seznec

Beyond Cairo: Prospects for Change in the Middle East, February 16, 2011
By Ellen Laipson and Steven Heydemann

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Roundtable Discussion on Conflict Resolution, Resource Management, and U.S. Engagement, March 17, 2011

Roundtable Discussion on Tunisia, Democracy, Stability, and Political Demography, February 10, 2011

Diplomacy and Demining: A Panel Discussion about Demining in Israel, December 1, 2010

Landmine survivors Daniel Yuval and Jerry White and a delegation from Israel, along with a US official overseeing similar efforts worldwide, discussed that country’s initiative to establish a national policy to remove landmines from non-operational minefields, within a specified timeframe, and in accordance with international humanitarian mine action standards.

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