Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

October 14, 2019

“The Youth in Iraq have a mad stare of despair on their faces. They have seen nothing, but Sanctions and War.” These were the words of a UN official stationed in the International Zone in Baghdad back in 2011. This month, there have been massive protests in different parts of Iraq as a result...

Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

April 03, 2019

While the opposition hails the beginning of the end for Turkey’s ruling party, local election setbacks might actually be a blessing in disguise. Just when you thought the ship was steadying, last weekend brought another tumultuous moment in Turkish politics. Local and mayoral elections that...

Pakistan and Qatar: Constraints and Dilemmas  

September 21, 2017

Pakistan has no plans to join Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in severing ties with Doha. Since June 5, Pakistan has faced what amounts to Hobson’s choice. Saudi Arabia has been asking its fellow Sunni Muslim ally: Are you with Qatar or with us? While Islamabad has expressed...

Behind Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Military Alliance

September 05, 2017

Will Saudi Arabia’s Muslim coalition to fight terrorism succeed in its aim? The Saudi-led coalition to combat terrorism in the Muslim world — notwithstanding its diplomatic and economic bolstering by the Trump administration — will continue to persist as an extravagant delusion for several...

Tracing the Genesis of Terrorism in Pakistan

January 26, 2016

Ever since a “monster” was unleashed in the 1970s, terrorism and sectarianism have been a regular occurrence in Pakistan. Growing up in Lahore in the 1960s and 1970s, there were hardly any organized attacks on public institutions as we now see in present-day Pakistan. Sure, we heard about...

Is the AKP Bad News for Turkey?

November 04, 2015

A decisive mandate to govern should give the Turkish government pause to consider what it could achieve. Two dominant themes in global media coverage have accompanied the landslide victory by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Turkish general election of November 1. The first is that...

Pakistan’s “Ambivalence” in Yemen

June 18, 2015

The Pakistani parliament’s resolution on Yemen served to remind the GCC that Pakistan is a South Asian Muslim power, not an Arab one. Aitzaz Ahsan, a prominent member of Pakistan’s opposition, once wrote: “We are, and very much remain, a South Asian Muslim country: sharing...

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

February 02, 2014

Incompatible visions for Turkey’s future are behind the recent spat. The de facto dispute between the Gulen Movement (GM), led by Fethullah Gulen, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved into the public sphere since the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) crisis last...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

January 23, 2014

The AKP will reassert their authority at the ballot box, but they will feel the heat from the Kurdish vote. Turkey is about to embark on a year and a half of pivotal elections — local elections in March, a presidential election in August, and general elections in June 2015. Whatever the...

Turkey: Uprising’s Currents Run Deep

August 20, 2013

The unrest gripping Turkey has less to do with Islam than with the AKP’s policies. For the time being, Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan — with brutal police tactics that killed four people and injured more than 8,000 — appears to have successfully...

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