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June 7, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Ali: Islamic Banking is a Rapidly Growing Industry

Jawad I. Ali, a lawyer who helps corporations structure sharia-compliant finance deals, discusses the boom in Islamic banking and the industry’s future.

April 21, 2011

Gender
Empowering Women Globally

Alyse Nelson, Co-Founder and CEO of Vital Voices, discusses the organization’s work to empower women around the world with Isobel Coleman, Director of CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Init…

September 14, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Islamist Extremism After the Arab Spring

The Arab Spring severely weakened the narrative of Islamist extremists but they are now stirring anti-U.S. sentiments in fragile new democracies, says Mideast expert Ali Soufan.

January 14, 2010

Iran
Time to Speak Out on Iran

"Engagement doesn’t preclude criticism," says Iranian historian Ali M. Ansari, so the West should be more forthright in speaking out against Iran’s human rights record.

July 5, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Ending Impunity for Pakistan’s Security Forces

Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the ISI, is facing mounting allegations of involvement in the murder of journalist Saleem Shehzad. Pakistan’s security forces have long committed human r…

January 20, 2011

Tunisia
Will Tunisia Inspire More Popular Uprisings?

The Egyptian and Libyan publics are the two most likely to be inspired by the ouster of Tunisia’s Ben Ali, and the United States should be pressing Egypt especially to open up politics and allow for …

April 5, 2007

Peacekeeping
Cole: Khamenei Used British Captives to Energize Iranian Nationalism

Juan Cole, an expert on Iran, says Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the capture of British military personnel “to whip up Iranian nationalistic sentiments” to garner support for his…

October 2, 2014

Libya
Is It Too Late For Libya?

Post-Qaddafi Libya is riven along regional, economic, and religious lines, and may descend into civil war despite a recent flurry of international diplomacy, says journalist Mary Fitzgerald.

July 21, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Iran’s Political Crisis Far From Over

A leading Iranian expert, Shaul Bakhash, says a speech by former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a call for a referendum by former President Mohammad Khatami have given new life to the opp…

June 18, 2009

Iran
Parsing Iran’s ’Momentous’ Internal Drama

Following massive protests over Iran’s presidential election results, Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert, says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may have to sacrifice President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …