Saudi Arabia—This is Leadership?


by Graham E. Fuller President Obama has good reason to try to reassure GCC leaders this week at Camp David that America has not abandoned them; they represent an important economic force. But they cannot, as constituted, represent a positive… Continue Reading  

Islamic Reformation: The Antidote to Terrorism


by Emile Nakhleh The horrific terrorist attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo has once again raised the question about violence and Islam. Why is it, some ask, that so much terrorism has been committed in the name of… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Time to Address the Potential Salafi Danger

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (second from right) and his wife visit the Goy Imam Mosque in late October 2014. Hundreds of Azerbaijanis are known to have joined Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria with the concern starting to build that these battle-hardened jihadists could one day set their sights on challenging Aliyev’s administration. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

by Eldar Mamedov Earlier in October, Azerbaijani news media reported the death of a professional Azerbaijani wrestler, Rashad Bakhshaliyev, who was killed in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State. The news, which came as a surprise to many in… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State’s Ideology is Grounded in Saudi Education


by Emile Nakhleh According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines,… Continue Reading  

Arab Democracies and the West


via IPS News Anti-Western protests across the Arab Islamic world denouncing the anti-Islam video, reportedly produced in the United States, is a serious test for the new democratic governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. It is time for… Continue Reading