Tamara Cofman Wittes

Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Publications

Audio

Freedom in the World 2013

Speaker: Arch Puddington
Introductory Speakers: David Kramer and Mark P. Lagon
Panelists: Larry Diamond and Tamara Cofman Wittes

Arch Puddington presents Freedom House's "Freedom in the World 2013" report, followed by a discussion between Tamara Wittes and Larry Diamond. They discuss the text of the report, as well as the differences between democratic indicators within nations, regional trends, and the normative importance of the "Arab Spring."

See more in Human Rights; Censorship and Freedom of Speech; Global

Audio

Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Managing Change, Building a New Kind of Partnership (Audio)

Speakers: Isobel Coleman and Tamara Cofman Wittes
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Isobel Coleman, senior fellow at CFR, and Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discuss economic and political development in the Middle East as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

Learn more about CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Religion

Book

Restoring the Balance

Authors: Richard N. Haass, Stephen D. Biddle, Ray Takeyh, Gary Samore, Steven A. Cook, Isobel Coleman, Steven Simon, Martin S. Indyk, Michael O’Hanlon, Kenneth M. Pollack, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce O. Riedel, Shibley Telhami, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Daniel L. Byman

Experts from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution propose a new, nonpartisan Middle East strategy drawing on the lessons of past failures to address both the short- and long-term challenges to U.S. interests.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Interview

Wittes: U.S. Assuring Arab States It Will Remain a Force in Mideast Post-Iraq

Tamara Cofman Wittes interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Tamara Cofman Wittes, an expert on Middle East politics, says the current unprecedented trip by Secretary of State Rice and Secretary of Defense Gates to the Middle East is meant to assure moderate Arab states that the United States will remain a force in the Middle East even after it leaves Iraq.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Diplomacy and Statecraft; United States

Other Report

Economic and Political Development Trip Report: Tamara Cofman Wittes and Isobel Coleman

Authors: Isobel Coleman and Tamara Cofman Wittes

In February, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Isobel Coleman met with business leaders, academics, journalists, and civic activists in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Among Wittes and Coleman's key findings are that many Saudis welcomed the emergence of a more open atmosphere, pointing to King Abdullah's ascension to the throne, dynamism in neighboring Gulf states, and a new "post-post-9/11" environment as key catalysts for the change. Yet, there was frustration at the unpredictability and arbitrariness of the newly expanded social and political space. The next U.S. administration may have a new, but narrow, window of opportunity to reintroduce itself to Saudi Arabia. Many Saudis argued for the creation of a deeper, multi-dimensional relationship between both countries that engages civil society, not just the government and business sectors.

See more in Saudi Arabia; Women

Video

Freedom in the World 2013

Speaker: Arch Puddington
Introductory Speakers: David Kramer and Mark P. Lagon
Panelists: Larry Diamond and Tamara Cofman Wittes

Arch Puddington presents Freedom House's "Freedom in the World 2013" report, followed by a discussion between Tamara Wittes and Larry Diamond. They discuss the text of the report, as well as the differences between democratic indicators within nations, regional trends, and the normative importance of the "Arab Spring."

See more in Human Rights; Censorship and Freedom of Speech; Global