The prospect of an Islamist president has launched heated national debate between Turkey’s traditionalist secular leaders and its moderate Islamists.
Tensions mount between Turkey and Iraq’s Kurds over the status of Kirkuk and the presence of Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
Special economic zones boost India’s export potential, but a recent outbreak of violent protests shows local patience for land confiscations is wearing thin.
This report on developments in Iraq early this year from the Center for Strategic & International Studies says that the insurgency has created complex patterns of conflict that have become a broad struggle for sectarian and ethnic control of political and economic space.
Carl Minzner, a CFR fellow and expert on Chinese domestic issues, discusses the need for institutional reform to address the grievances raised by social unrest in China.
Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, addresses Council members as the 2007 Russell C. Leffingwell Lecturer.
Christopher de Bellaigue writes in the New York Review of Books about the prospects for an independent Kurdistan.
A top U.S. State Department official on Balkan policy says Serbia must begin participating in final talks over the conditional independence of Kosovo or face increased isolation from Europe.
Experts warn the disputes involving Lebanon’s political factions could escalate into civil war. Stabilization efforts are hampered by competing interests among external powers.
A vote by Sinn Féin to endorse the police force in Northern Ireland has the potential to revive the power-sharing arrangements called for in the 1998 Good Friday accord.
Congressional Research Service report on the obstacles to creating effective Iraqi security forces. The report outlines concerns that security forces are involved in sectarian killings, terrorism, and insurgency.
Amnesty International reports on the conditions of daily life in Myanmar (Burma). It says that forced labour, forced relocation, denial of citizenship and imprisonment for political offences are common.
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Iran is a predominantly Shiite Muslim state but contains sizeable ethnic and religious minorities that influence Iran’s foreign and regional policy.
With Saddam sentenced to death, experts say Sunni insurgents will fight on in an effort to rid Iraq of U.S. forces and avoid Shiite political dominance.
Security experts warn the next terrorist attack on the United States could well be the work of a U.S. citizen. Instrumental in preventing such an attack is the cooperation of an increasingly alienated American Muslim community.
Human Rights Watch´s comprehensive report “Genocide in Iraq – The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds,” originally published in July 1993, details the systematic and deliberate murder of at least 50,000 and possibly as many as 100,000 Kurds. The killings occurred between February and September 1988, and are now a central part of the trial of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. “Genocide in Iraq” shows that the Kurdish victims were targeted on the basis of their ethnicity. This is a summary of the report’s findings.
Steven A. Cook says relations between the United States and Turkey are strained due to conflicting interests in Iraqi Kurdistan. Washington does not want to upset the relative stability in northern Iraq, whereas Turkey seeks to remove the threat of Kurdish militants in the region.
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