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Islamic Awakening

The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

The threat the Islamic State (IS) poses to Western nations is very real — witness in recent weeks the thwarting of a public beheading in Sydney, the raids on terrorist cells in Melbourne, raids in The Hague and Brussels, possible threats to subways in Paris and New York, and the recent averting of a terrorist plot in London.

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Nigeria Key to U.S. Security in Africa

Nigeria Key to U.S. Security in Africa

As the deadly Ebola virus rips across West Africa causing death and civil unrest (i.e., due to the fear mongering that accompanies an epidemic) the fate of region remains at an impasse.

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Moderate Muslims Speak Out against Terrorism

Moderate Muslims Speak Out against Terrorism

ISIS has killed more Muslims than Westerners. Even though the Western media has not covered them extensively, there are Muslims speaking out and fighting against ISIS. The West should do more to support them in their struggle.

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Are the Iranians the New Sultans of the Middle East?

Are the Iranians the New Sultans of the Middle East?

With Al Houthi rebels overtaking Sanaa, a former advisor to Iranian President Khatami has declared that Iran is the new sultan of the Middle East. Iran has supported the Al Houthi rebels taking over Yemen, believing it will expand their sphere of influence at the expense of Saudi Arabia.

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The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

Qatar’s financial habits have been the subject of a lot of media coverage lately due to the successes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the setbacks the Syrian opposition actors the Gulf states were pinning their hopes on have suffered at the hands of ISIS. Kuwait, through its relative openness, plays a […]

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A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

The mere mention of the name ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) frightens Muslims and no-Muslims senseless, and there are plenty of reasons for that. But, who are they, and where does their campaign of terror lead to?

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China Issues Freedom of Religion Policy, Sentences Ilham to Life Imprisonment

China Issues Freedom of Religion Policy, Sentences Ilham to Life Imprisonment

In a long overdue move, China’s highest court, top prosecution office and the Ministry of Public Security issued instructions last week on how to deal with cases of terrorism and religious extremism.

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The Continuation of a Failed Policy Analysis on Iraq and Syria

The Continuation of a Failed Policy Analysis on Iraq and Syria

The Arab Spring could certainly be seen as having moved on to a dark winter as dictatorships re-established themselves and protestors were met with little support against those governments that took the option of brutality over negotiation.

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ISIS invades midterms

ISIS invades midterms

Just two months before midterm elections, President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will pursue a military campaign in Iraq and Syria has lawmakers rethinking their midterm election efforts.

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Candid Discussion with Radwan Masmoudi: Tunisia is a Laboratory for Arab Democracy

Candid Discussion with Radwan Masmoudi: Tunisia is a Laboratory for Arab Democracy

To look back at Tunisia’s long but successful transition, the constitution and examine challenges ahead as well as the future of Islamism, we sat down with Radwan A. Masmoudi, the Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID).

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Cultural Cleansing with Chinese Characteristics?

Cultural Cleansing with Chinese Characteristics?

In the remote northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, China authorities are certainly being exhaustive in their attempts to stem a spike in the long-running activity of Islamic militants. Recent attempts have involved the use of drones employed to locate, capture and kill suspected Islamic militants in the region, as well as restrictions being placed on the practice of Islam and the wearing of beards and veils in public.

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Chinese Autonomous Province May Seek to Limit Uighur Births

Chinese Autonomous Province May Seek to Limit Uighur Births

Authorities in the violence-prone Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China are sparing no measure in their crackdown on existing terrorists, and through a recently proposed policy, may even be trying to stem the birth of future terrorists. After a series of anti-terrorism efforts have repeatedly failed to stem the ongoing violence, a recent article in the party political theory journal Qiushi suggests Xinjiang may soon adopt limits on the ability of ethnic groups to bear children.

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When a Revolution is Undemocratic

When a Revolution is Undemocratic

It’s been said that “every country has an army, Pakistan’s Army has a country.” It’s a young republic at 67 years old, but it’s formidable military has never shied from seizing political power. Having spent several decades under martial law, last year’s elections were welcomed as ushering a new era of democracy with Asif Zardari […]

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Hezbollah’s War against ISIS

Despite Hezbollah’s radical Islamist ideology, they are opposed to ISIS and are working with local Christians within Lebanon to fight a war against the Sunni extremist terror group. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, is Shia, while ISIS is Sunni. Hezbollah, despite its radical Islamist ideology, considers ISIS to be a major security threat, according […]

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A Small Step Forward for Afghanistan

A Small Step Forward for Afghanistan

As the summer of blood and gore in the Middle East continues to demand American foreign policy attention, a looming catastrophe in Afghanistan has developed outside of the headlines, but now threatens to undermine everything the United States has attempted to achieve there.

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