Middle East and North Africa

Confronting Violent Religious Extremism

December 13, 2014 by Knox Thames
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Violent religious extremism will be one of the greatest challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century. United States must update its current security-based counterterrorism approach with a strategy that promotes religious freedom and pluralism in order to counter the narratives of religiously motivated terrorist organizations.

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The Rising Power of Iran in the Arab World

December 11, 2014 by Hamoon Khelghat-Doost
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Iran’s foreign and security policies are undergoing major shifts in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. and the Arab Spring. As it adopts its new role as a major player in the region, Iran is gradually usurping the traditional power of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Sunni bloc in the Gulf.

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NATO’s Intervention in Libya, Three Years On: Success or Failure?

November 26, 2014 by Raphael Mimoun
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While many believed that the death of Muammar Gadhafi would end eight months of bloody fighting in Libya’s civil war, it instead marked the prelude to the country’s disintegration—disintegration that Western powers have largely been responsible for.

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An Interview with Laleh Khalili

November 20, 2014 by Forum Staff
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Professor Laleh Khalili discusses the remnants of the colonial counterinsurgency modes of operation in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Israeli and U.S. operations.

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