Turkey's role in the Organization of the Islamic Conference has been increasing consistently after the take-over of Justice and Development Party (JDP) in 2002. Simultaneously with Turkey's increasing role in the organization, OIC, which has functioned as a non-influential international actor until recent years, has now an important agenda due to the problems of the Islamic world and USA's "Greater Middle East Project."
The"proximity talks" being conducted between Israelis and Palestinians probably won't lead to a final status agreement, say CFR experts Elliot Abrams and Steven A. Cook, but they could lead to the framework for a Palestinian state on the West Bank.
CFR's Isobel Coleman discusses the growing movement of Islamic feminism in light of her new book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
In this op-ed from Pakistan's Daily Times, Peter Jacob explores the reasons for why the UN Resolution on Defamation of Religions has caught little attention in Pakistan and recommends that the Pakistani government review its position on the resolution, pointing out that it will undermine the development in the conceptual framework and implementation of human rights.
Listen to NPR's Foreign CorrespondentDeborah Amos discuss her new book Eclipse of the Sunnis, about the forced migration of the Sunnis from Iraq following the outbreak of sectarian violence in the wake of the U.S.-led invasion of the country, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
Those who warn against efforts to promote free elections in Muslim-majority countries often point to the threat posed by Islamic parties that stand ready to use democracy against itself. Writing for the Journal of Democracy, Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi examine the historical record of Islamic parties and Muslim voters.
Listen to CFR's Walter Russell Mead discuss the evolving role of Evangelicals in American politics and whether it has changed since his September/October 2006 Foreign Affairs article "God's Country," as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
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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.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.