CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell discusses the relations between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria. Campbell emphasizes that where religious divisions correspond to ethnic and economic differences, conflict often acquire a religious coloration.
Experts say Islamic law, or sharia, holds wide appeal for Muslim populations in many countries and is beginning to spread via democratic means, but it is also being used as a tool of Islamic militancy and extremism.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says that even though Bibi Aisha, the Afghan teenager maimed by her Taliban-sympathizing husband and his family, has relocated to the United States, her story does not yet have a happy ending.
In this article published by the The New Republic, Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, calls for a more nuanced view of Sharia law and examines the possibility that Sharia might actually drive opposition to Islamic extremism and terrorism.
Award-winning investigative journalist and poet Eliza Griswold discusses her book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
With Islam under intense scrutiny internationally, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, secretary-general for the Organization of the Islamic Conference, discusses the organization's efforts to promote human rights and democracy, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ray Takeyh argues that Washington's attempts to have Iran rejoin the international community will be unsuccessful, since the Islamic Republic is too mired in ideological and domestic disagreements to act in the nation's interest.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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