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November 2, 2018

Nigeria
Dozens Reportedly Killed as Nigerian Military Fires on Shia Protesters

Between October 27 and 30, protesters from the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), a Shia religious organization led by the pro-Iranian Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, clashed with security services in and around Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The IMN reported that Nigerian security services had killed at least forty of its members during the marches.

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May 31, 2018

Iran
Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018.

April 18, 2018

Nigeria
Traditional Rulers Hold Real Power in Nigeria

Emir Muhammed Sanusi is more than a traditional religious leader and he enjoys much greater influence than do Indian maharajas today.

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February 15, 2000

Palestinian Territories
The Foreign Policy of Hamas

Overview Hamas is not a monolithic organization. Hamas is not a fundamentalist movement. Opposition to Oslo and subsequent Israeli- Palestinian agreements, violent attacks on Israeli targets, chal…

November 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia
The Saudis and Israel--Again

There have been many signs that Saudi official attitudes toward Israel are changing, and today brought one of the strongest. As a headline in the Jerusalem Post put it, "In Possible Nod to Israel, Tw…

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

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July 5, 2017

Egypt
Egypt’s Leader Faces a Crisis of His Own Making—One That Reveals His Nation’s Dangerous Weakness

Two obscure islands that many Egyptians didn't even know about suddenly threaten President Sisi's regime.

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May 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Why the Myth of Sunni-Shia Conflict Defines Middle East Policy—and Why It Shouldn’t

Is the Muslim world divided over an ancient sectarian conflict? Not really: It's twenty-first-century power politics.

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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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March 8, 2017

Japan
Japan: Women of Influence

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. This comes five days after Japan’s Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, the day in which the nation celebrates the bright future of its young daughters. On this s…