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June 4, 2013

Iran
Human Rights in Iran

Global monitors say Iran’s human rights situation is poor and unlikely to improve amid a climate of political uncertainty and growing external pressures. But activists urge continued international sc…

February 24, 2016

Iran
Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad A…

January 7, 2016

Saudi Arabia
What’s Driving Saudi Actions?

The fallout that has followed Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia protest leader is likely to tamp down dissent at home while provoking regional conflicts, says expert Toby Matthiesen.

July 25, 2011

Race and Ethnicity
Europe: Integrating Islam

Western Europe’s burgeoning Islamic population continues to spark concerns about Muslim assimilation and a cultural divide.

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…

July 22, 2009

Iran
The Media Landscape in Iran

The crisis following Iran’s presidential vote cast a new light on the country’s hotly contested media space. A crackdown has limited independent reporting but other sources remain as channels for dis…

June 27, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Soccer: African Islamism and the “Beautiful Game”

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. When al Shabaab, the violent Islamist group in Somalia, took control of the ca…

Players from Heegan (blue shirt) compete against players from Gaaddidka (red shirt) during the first soccer match of the Somalia Premier League at the Banadir stadium in Mogadishu November 8, 2013.

May 24, 2013

Egypt
Weekend Reading: "Egypt’s Dystopia," Takbir, and Revolutionary Art

Robert Johnson of Business Insider discusses Cairo’s deteriorating conditions, with a slideshow of pictures and captions highlighting the city’s biggest problems under Muslim Brotherhood rule. Nerva…

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June 17, 2009

Iran
Presidential Power in Iran

Iran’s Supreme Leader remains the regime’s ultimate authority but controversy surrounding the country’s June 12 presidential election has raised new questions about the role and power of the head of …

October 31, 2013

United States
This Week: Syria Destroys CW Facilities, Egypt Continues Crackdown, and Washington Hosts Maliki

Significant Developments Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced today that Syria had “completed rendering inoperable its chemical weapons production and assembly i…

Workers dressed in protective clothes during a chemical weapons demonstration (Bimmer/Courtesy Reuters).