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June 4, 2015

Religion
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.

May 3, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Zakzaky-Abuja-IMN-Protest Nigeria’s Treatment of Shia Minority Recalls That of Boko Haram

Largely overlooked by the Western media, there is an escalating conflict between Nigeria’s Shiite minority, some of whom are organized into the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and Nigeria’s secular government, that recalls Boko Harams treatment in 2009.

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

November 13, 2017

Turkey
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.

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

July 12, 2017

Qatar
Al Jazeera English covers the 2011 Arab uprisings at its Doha headquarters. How Al Jazeera Amplifies Qatar’s Clout

One of the world’s most-watched news networks is at the center of a geopolitical rift between a Saudi-led bloc and the broadcaster’s funder, Qatar.

June 12, 2017

Qatar
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. 

May 8, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari sits with eighty-two freed Chibok girls. Chibok Release and Boko Haram’s Strategy

Boko Haram’s release of eighty-two girls to the Nigerian government appears to be part of its strategy to maximize the value of the Chibok kidnapping victims. According to The Guardian, Boko Haram su…

January 27, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Salafi Nigeria Salafism in Northern Nigeria Beyond Boko Haram

This is a guest post by Alex Thurston. Alex is the author of  Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics, and is an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Ser…

March 15, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Podcast Where Do We Go From Here? A First-Hand Account from Syria Where Do We Go From Here? A First-Hand Account from Syria

In the midst of breaking news stories about the Syrian war, the voices of Syrian women remain absent, despite their contributions to advancing peace in local communities across the country. Rula Asad…