Middle East and North Africa

Foreign Fighters: A Security Threat at Home?

February 18, 2015 by Jacqueline Page
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Over 4,000 American and European citizens have joined the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, with more on the way each month. Now policymakers must decide how to handle fighters who return home.

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Navigating Middle East Turmoil: A Conversation with Dennis Ross

January 24, 2015 by Forum Staff
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In a recent interview with the Fletcher Forum editorial team, the Former U.S. Envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross explores how the struggle between radical Islamists and non-radical Islamists is shaping the Middle East and U.S. policy in the region.

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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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