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August 2, 2018

Afghanistan
Global Conflict This Week: Islamic State Attacks in Jalalabad

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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August 1, 2018

Islamic Stateic State
The Islamic State Threat Hasn’t Gone Away

Lost amid the intense international focus on diplomatic talks with North Korea and renewed U.S. tensions with Iran, has been a recent spate of Islamic State attacks across a broad swath of the Middle…

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January 5, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East.

January 2, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

But things are likely to get much, much worse before they—eventually—get better.

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August 10, 2016

Islamic Stateic State
The Islamic State

With Iraq weakened and a civil war raging in Syria, it’s unclear whether local forces and a U.S.-led international coalition can roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Islamic State militants parade in Tel Abyad, near Syria's border with Turkey.

June 1, 2018

Niger
The Islamic State "Presence" in the Sahel Is More Complicated Than Affiliates Suggest

The name of the organization conjures association with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but caution is required. Evidence that the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara is somehow an extension of the Islamic State in the Middle East or even in Libya is sparse.

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March 8, 2017

Europe and Eurasia
Islam in Europe

Experts discuss the integration of Islam into greater European culture with the influx of refugees into the European Union, and the rise of far-right politics across the continent.

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November 14, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
How the Islamic State Benefits from Sexual Violence

Extremist groups benefit strategically and financially from the subjugation of women, says Nadia Murad Basee Taha, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking…

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December 11, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

December 7, 2018

Nigeria
Nigerian Police Are in Desperate Need of Reform

There are numerous proposals for police reform in Nigeria. One such reform, which has the support of some governors, is the creation of state police forces to replace or augment the NPF. In the north, vigilante groups, most notably members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, have an established presence in their communities and can be effective instruments of law enforcement, though they are not entirely accountable.

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