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November 13, 2017

Turkey media Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

June 12, 2017

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017. Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

January 11, 2018

Play Turkey A Look Inside Turkey

Speakers provide an update on Turkey's domestic politics, the challenges the country faces after the coup, and the likely future of Turkey's foreign and economic polices with the United States.

June 13, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, Zarqawi’s Mysterious Successor (aka Abu Ayub al-Masri)

Five days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the group announced his successor, the unknown Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. Speculation abounds about the man and the signifi…

June 12, 2015

WR06122015 Weekend Reading: Rediscovering Saddam, Revisiting Tunisia’s Democracy, and Reviewing the Islamic State

Victor Argo revisits the persona of longtime Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Nadia Marzouki and Hamza Meddeb question the assumptions behind the claim that Tunisia is a democratic success story. Mal…

June 4, 2015

Play Bin-Bayyah-EC.jpg A Conversation With Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah discusses religiously-motivated radicalization and the ways in which Muslim communities can mobilize to counter violent extremism.

June 27, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Players from Heegan (blue shirt) compete against players from Gaaddidka (red shirt) during the first soccer match of the Somalia Premier League at the Banadir stadium in Mogadishu November 8, 2013. Soccer: African Islamism and the “Beautiful Game”

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. When al Shabaab, the violent Islamist group in Somalia, took control of the ca…

October 11, 2013

WR10112013_CROPPED Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Pharaoh, Algerian Foreign Policy, and Democracy in Turkey

Zeinobia from the Egyptian Chronicles argues that Sisi is the new Pharaoh. Hamza Hamouchene asks, “Is Algeria an Anti-Imperialist State?” Nuray Mert gives her opinion on the reasons for lack of dem…

January 8, 2009

Terrorists and the Internet

Terrorists increasingly turn to the Internet as a means of communication with one another and with the rest of the world. This article describes how terrorists have cultivated the web to suit their n…