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Fighting the War of Ideas

Author: Zeyno Baran

While radical Islamist terrorist groups such as al Qaeda grab the headlines, their nonviolent ideological cousins remain little known. But groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir play a crucial role in indoctrinating Muslims with radical ideology. Because they occupy a gray zone of militancy, regulating them is a diffcult challenge for liberal democracies -- but ignoring them is no longer an option.

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Analysis Brief

A Political Turning Point for Egypt?

Author: Deborah Jerome

The weekend's military crackdown on Coptic Christian demonstrations in Cairo underscores Egypt's sectarian problems, the entrenched power of the military, and the weakness of the country's economy.

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Analysis Brief

Delicate Papal Visit to Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit to a majority Muslim state, Turkey, on November 28. The trip’s original aim was to build ties with Christian Orthodox leaders but the pope’s recent comments on faith, reason, and Islam—as well as Turkey’s EU accession—are likely to resonate throughout.

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Analysis Brief

The Pope and Islam

The pope infuriated Muslims worldwide with remarks suggesting Islam lacked a basis in "reason." On Sunday he offered a rare apology, but some Islamic groups are skeptical and protests continue in several Muslim countries.

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Analysis Brief

Foreign Policy Evangelists

Evangelical Christians, a domestic political force in the United States, are increasingly making their influence felt in foreign policy. They have focused primarily on human rights, humanitarianism, and support for Israel, but more evangelicals are taking up issues like climate change.

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Analysis Brief

Violence Renews Civil War Fears

Weekend marketplace bombings kill dozens in Iraq and wound hundreds more, seem to have unleashed another wave of sectarian fighting. Three years after the United States launched a war to oust Saddam Hussein, the insurgency remains unbowed, with no real political solution in sight for the country’s new government.

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Analysis Brief

New Attacks Revive Civil War Fears

A string of attacks in Baghdad renew fears of sectarian civil war a week after the bombing of a Shiite mosque in Samarra. The continuing violence has forced a debate in Washington over U.S. troop levels in Iraq and threatens to delay the formation of a new Iraqi national-unity government.

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Analysis Brief

Cartoon Violence Highlights Cultural Divide

A series of twelve cartoons—originally published in Denmark and reprinted across Europe—depicting the Prophet Mohammed have touched off riots across the Muslim world, some of them deadly. In addition to the broad cultural conflict, the fracas over the drawings raises questions about the freedoms and the responsibilities of the press.

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