Policy Implications of a Nuclear Iran for the United States

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posted on March 12, 2012 in ,

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s Middle East Discussion Group (MEDG) held its monthly discussion in February on what a nuclear-armed Iran would mean for the United States. MEDG is comprised of academics, government officials, think tank policy writers, and private sector representatives with a combined specialty in Egypt, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. The MEDG members are young professionals working in the Washington, D.C. area, of ages 22-35 on average. The views expressed here are a composite summary of the monthly discussion series.

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From Harvard to Revolution - Facebook's Role in the Arab Spring

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posted on February 25, 2012 in

t is a cold and bleak winter’s evening in February 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A flurry of excitement sweeps through libraries and dorms on the Harvard College campus. Students in my sophomore class peer at each other’s laptops as they peruse a new website. Launched by our classmate the day before, Facebook has rapidly gained several hundred members. Fast-forward seven years to Tahrir Square in Cairo. A wave of youth discontent and protest, communicated and organized through Facebook, is destabilizing a dictator and threatening more regimes in the Arab world.

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