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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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 …

September 21, 2010

Iran
Iran’s ’Shaky’ Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who addresses the UN in New York this week, is facing domestic challenges from an angry public, an assertive legislature, and conflicts with Supreme Leader Ali …

June 17, 2014

Iraq
Can Iraq Survive the ISIS Storm?

It’s doubtful that radical Sunni militants will be able to overrun Baghdad and southern Iraq, but the crisis is likely to further splinter governing authority in the country, says expert F. Gregory G…