Can Lebanon Overcome Its Sectarian Political Order?

Sep 09, 2020

Either the global COVID-19 pandemic or the catastrophic blast at the port of Beirut on August 4 could not have hit Lebanon at a worse time. The explosion killed nearly 200 people and displaced 300,000 residents, resulting in damage worth an estimated $15 billion. Prior to the tragedy, Lebanon was...

Political Violence and Sectarianism in Pakistan

Sep 02, 2016

Pakistan’s focus on external enemies complicates efforts to reduce political violence, ease inter-communal strains and facilitate the easing of tensions with neighboring countries. In August, Pakistan’s military commanders gathered to assess the impact of the massive bombing in Quetta that...

Daring to Try: The US and Sectarianism in the Middle East (Part 2/2)

Jul 14, 2014

Through public and private diplomacy, the US can help deescalate Sunni-Shia tensions. The Sunni-Shia split is threatening to swallow the Middle East. Although this divide is centuries-old and has been aggravated by decades of missed opportunities and spilled blood, the...

Daring to Try: The US and Sectarianism in the Middle East (Part 1/2)

Jul 06, 2014

Through public and private diplomacy, the US can help deescalate Sunni-Shia tensions. Like many presidents nearing the midpoint of their second term before him, Barack Obama is now thinking of his legacy. In the first months of 2014, the US president seemed to have some momentum in several...

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 2/2)

Mar 24, 2014

Maliki treats the breakdown of order in Iraq as a challenge to his rule. Iraq, a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has large oil reserves which are unevenly spread across the country. As of January 2013, it also held...

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