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August 2014

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August 2014

New Interactive Infoguide: The Sunni-Shia Divide

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Iraq Muslim worshippers shake hands during a joint Sunni-Shia prayer service in Baghdad. (Thaier al-Sudani /Courtesy Reuters)


Sunni-Shia conflicts have fed a Syrian civil war that threatens to transform the map of the Middle East, spurred violence that is fracturing Iraq, and widened fissures in a number of tense Gulf states. Growing clashes between these two denominations have also sparked a revival of transnational jihadi networks that pose dangers beyond the region. Explore CFR's new interactive guide to better understand the roots and consequences of the rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims.


CFR Experts Discuss the Ebola Outbreak

The outbreak in West Africa requires a more vigorous global response to contain the virus and bolster the afflicted countries, say Laurie Garrett, CFR senior fellow for global health, and John Campbell, CFR Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies. Listen to the audio »

Recent CFR Resources on the Middle East

  • CFR President Richard N. Haass on the similarities between the unrest in seventeenth-century Europe and the modern Middle East in this op-ed.

CFR's John Campbell Answers Questions About Religion in Nigeria

In a recent video spot for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, CFR's Africa expert John Campbell answers important questions including Boko Haram's understanding of Islam, the religious makeup of the populous nation, and the bifurcation between the North and South. Watch the video »

"Foreign Affairs": The Price of Poverty

Poverty has psychological consequences, including stress and anger, which can create a trap that keeps people mired in destitution. To make aid more effective, donors and policymakers should ensure that their programs address mental as well as physical well-being, writes Princeton University's Johannes Haushofer in this Foreign Affairs Snapshot.