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June 29, 2017

President-Buhari-Health Buhari's Ramadan Message Fuels Speculation Over His Health

To mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (Eid-el-Fitr), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari broadcast a congratulatory statement, as is the norm in Nigeria and many other countries with a …

March 2, 2013

Saudi Arabia
march12013weekendreading Weekend Reading: Saudi Tweets, Ennahda’s Decline, and Ramadan’s Odd Missive

An interview with anonymous Twitter user @Mujtahidd, who has been tweeting provocative things about Saudi Arabia’s rulers. An article from Muftah, discussing the declining credibility of Tunisia’s E…

March 15, 2018

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

December 19, 2006

Tariq al-Hashimi

Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, New YorkDecember 20, 2006ANNE GARRELS:  Hello, ladies and gentlemen.  I'd like to convene the meeting and welcome you all.  Thank you.  My name is Anne G…

September 29, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Israeli Tanks Cross the Suez Canal Weekend Reading: The Yom Kippur War

Who knew that Leonard Cohen flew to Israel during the conflict to sing to Israeli troops?   From Disaster to (Limited) Victory. An Egyptian officer’s view of the Ramadan War.

December 19, 2006

A Conversation with Tariq al-Hashimi

Watch Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi discuss the current situation in Iraq, particularly the Shia-Sunni sectarian conflict.

June 8, 2017

Islamic State
A boy is evacuated from the Iranian parliament during an attack. Why Did the Islamic State Target Tehran?

With its attacks in Iran, the Islamic State is trying to demonstrate that despite military setbacks it remains a capable Sunni vanguard.

August 3, 2016

Europe and Eurasia
The Islamic State’s Bloody Summer

Despite facing territorial losses, the Islamic State shows no sign of relenting in its campaign to spread terror beyond Iraq and Syria, says journalist Rukmini Callimachi.

June 24, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Spurns Rivlin’s Hand--and Peace

Since leaving the White House in January, 2009, I’ve been telling audiences that Palestinian president and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas will never, never sign a peace agreement with Israel--no matter wha…