Who’s Hiding in Qatar?

Aug 16, 2017

Qatar’s taking in of political refugees is not evidence of ideological affinity, but rather of a desire to expand influence regionally and internationally. The latest scandal in the ongoing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis revealed email leaks from Emirati Ambassador to the United States...

The Middle East in the Age of Trump

Dec 05, 2016

Inclusion rather than exclusion is the fundamental answer to the Middle East and North Africa’s multiple conflicts. Before Donald Trump won the US election, this author was asked to discuss what needs improving in the Arab world. His immediate thought was, “Where does one start?” But...

The World This Week: Philippines Spurns the US to Flirt With China

Oct 23, 2016

Chinese investors, importers and tourists are seducing the most loyal Asian ally of the US, putting Obama’s Asia Pivot at risk. This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Germany for the first time since 2014. Relations with the United States and other European powers have been...

Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: Activism in the United Kingdom

Oct 18, 2016

Scholars hoping to get an insider and yet critical appraisal of Islamic activism in Europe should take this book as their starting point. No religious minority in the world today has received so much global attention as the Muslims in Europe. From the burkini and burqa ban in France to the...

Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Wahhabism

Aug 29, 2016

For Saudi Arabia, the chicken is coming home to roost. The Saudi export and global support for religiously driven groups goes far beyond Wahhabism—its own puritan interpretation of Islam—and is not simply a product of the Faustian bargain that the ruling Saud family made with the...

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