Category: Eurasia

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |

“For Putin, a former ardent Communist and KGB officer, to speak of the baptism of Prince Vladimir and his “spiritual feats” as the basis for his claim to Crimea is strange indeed. But it is, in fact, no stranger than the remarkably similar claims to the West Bank  made in the past few years by […]

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The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

As John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a public talk in March 2014, “Syria has a real army” that is “a large conventional military force with tremendous firepower.” It benefits significantly from Iranian and Russian advice and new training in urban warfare as well as from the infusion of non-Syrian combat manpower, […]

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WATCH LIVE April 17-19: 5th Annual Conference on the Study of Islamophobia (UC Berkeley)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

via UC BERKELEY:  2014 Theme: Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge (WATCH LIVE HERE and ABOVE; STARTS AT 11:30 PACIFIC TIME) Join us free of charge for the Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference April 17-19, 2014 on the legendary Berkeley campus, the location with a reputation for activism and for challenging ideas and authority. The […]

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WATCH LIVE ! 1130 AM EST FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno and Duke’s Peter Feaver Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, and More

WATCH LIVE ! 1130 AM EST FRIDAY, APRIL 11: Gen. Raymond Odierno and Duke’s Peter Feaver Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, and More

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |

WATCH LIVE ! SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno will discuss national security and military affairs Friday, April 11, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk takes place at 11:30 a.m. in Sanford 04 and is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Science Drive […]

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US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

via US STATE DEPARTMENT on APRIL 1, 2014:  The US State Department released it’s 2014 digital publication “American Muslims” on April 1, 2014. BY CATEGORY: English  عربي  DOWNLOAD: PDF Here are individual links to its contents below: Who Are American Muslims? Unity Through Diversity: The American Identity Islam and the United States Muslim Immigration American Muslims: Diverse, Valued, Vital […]

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Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

[ 0 ] March 24, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 24, 2014:  Claiming that Twitter has not responded to Turkish court requests to suspend specific accounts, the Turkish communications directorate blocked Twitter last Friday. Ruling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying, “Twitter schmitter, we’ll put an end to them all. The international community can react […]

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Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

[ 0 ] March 14, 2014 |

by Erdağ Göknar for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 13, 2014:  The novel Snow by Nobel-prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk exposes the logic of Middle Eastern nationalism. Not surprisingly, political conspiracy has a prominent role to play in it. Turkish realities and their ideologically colored representations are constantly switching places in the novel. As a result, it becomes harder […]

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International Women of Courage: Resilience on the Front Line

International Women of Courage: Resilience on the Front Line

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014 |

via US INSTITUTE OF PEACE and US DEPARTMENT OF STATE on MARCH 5, 2014:  Remarks from the 2014 International Women of Courage Awardees On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-hosted a panel session featuring remarks from the ten 2014 International Women of Courage Awardees at USIP. This was […]

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Martha Brill Olcott: After Crimea — Will Kazakhstan Be Next

Martha Brill Olcott: After Crimea — Will Kazakhstan Be Next

[ 0 ] March 6, 2014 |

by MARTHA BRILL OLCOTT for LA VANGUARDIA/CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE  on MARCH 5, 2014:   *original title: After Crimea: Will Kazakhstan be Next in Putin’s Reintegration If unchecked, Russia’s seizure of key objects in Crimea will be the first step in changing the map of Eurasia. Vladimir Putin’s assertion of a need to use […]

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Oxana Shevel: Who are the Crimean Tatars, and Why are They Important?

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by OXANA SHEVEL for THE MONKEY CAGE on MARCH 1, 2014:  All eyes are on Crimea, in Ukraine, where unidentified armed men have taken over local government buildings in the regional capital, Simferopol, hoisting Russian flags on the roofs and the Russian military has taken blocked two airports and the Ukrainian coast guard’s base, as well […]

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