Middle East and North Africa

Sectarianism as a Symptom of Kleptocracy Syndrome

April 21, 2014 by Matar Ebrahim Ali Matar
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Sectarianism is being exploited by kleptocratic regimes, and many observers and international powers have become distracted by its symptoms rather than looking at kleptocracy as the cause. 

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Misreading Sectarian Tensions: the Arab-Persian Struggle for Supremacy

April 14, 2014 by Uzair Younus
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From the Levant to Pakistan, Muslim-majority nations are involved in a proxy war that has pitted a Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia and a Shia-majority Iran against each other.

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Hard Data and Smart Power: the Future of U.S. Assistance to Afghanistan

April 14, 2014 by Mike Hartnett
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As the target date for U.S. military withdrawal in Afghanistan approaches, the United States risks a precipitous loss of influence in the region without a viable plan to transition from a military-heavy strategy towards one more focused on effective development assistance and smart power.

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Iran’s Women’s Movement: A Look Back and Ahead

April 9, 2014 by Leila Seradj
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Iran’s first champions of women’s rights understood that the denial of opportunities to females impeded economic progress. As this sentiment is being echoed today, Iran’s leaders must make good on its promises for greater gender equality.

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Jordan’s Response to Refugee Education Crises: Lessons from the Syrian and Iraqi Cases

April 7, 2014 by Zeina Siam
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As the Syrian crisis continues, education must be a critical component of Jordan’s refugee response, drawing on lessons learned from previous experiences with long-term refugee flows.

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Pakistan’s Sectarian Turn

April 3, 2014 by Ahmed Humayun
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As the Arab world descends into sectarian turmoil, with rival Sunni and Shi’i militias fighting on multiple fronts, the Pakistani state has yet to respond effectively to the ensuing ideological violence.

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