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June 4, 2015

Religion
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.

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March 23, 2007

Turkey
A Conversation with Ali Babacan

Watch Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Babacan discuss foreign policy challenges in the Caucasus and the Middle East.

March 23, 2007

Turkey
A Conversation with Ali Babacan

7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Roundtable breakfast8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Discussion

October 1, 2012

Iran
A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

Iranian minister of foreign affairs Ali Akbar Salehi discusses Iran's nuclear program, sanctions, and the country's relationship with the United States.

September 27, 2011

Iran
A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

LAWRENCE WRIGHT: Good evening, everybody. I want to welcome you to the council. And tonight we have a really exciting occasion with the foreign minister of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi.I want to do my due…

May 1, 2017

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Test

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic im…

President Hassan Rouhani registers to run for re-election.

April 7, 2017

Syria
Welcome to Syria, President Trump: Years of Rational Policy Led to This Horror, and There’s No Easy Way Out

If the war Obama and the Pentagon struggled to avoid is now upon us, it's likely to make a bad situation worse. 

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March 27, 2017

United States
Bill Maher Makes Us Dumber: How Ignorance, Fear and Stupid Pop-Culture Clichés Shape Americans’ View of the Middle East

Americans used to be just ignorant about Muslims and the Middle East. Now we're also fearful, stupid and wrong.

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June 24, 2014

Religion
The Sunni-Shia Divide

Entrenched conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims, exploited by regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, could reshape the future of the Middle East.

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October 1, 2012

Iran
WAITLIST: A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

Related Reading: Iran: The Nuclear Challenge, Council on Foreign Relations, edited by Robert D. Blackwill