Category: Eurasia

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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WATCH LIVE AT 5p: Amb. Daniel Benjamin and Fran Townsend Discuss the Evolving Terrorist Threat (#DukeTerrorTalk)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

TWEET ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAMED TALK #DukeTerrorTalk or Tweet @DukeSanford and/or @ISLAMiComment via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY (Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill/RTI International consortium) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  The 2014 Robert R. Wilson Lecture this year is a discussion between two leading counterterrorism experts from the Bush and Obama administrations. Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security […]

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John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

[ 0 ] September 9, 2014 |

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ESPOSITO via E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014:  John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, […]

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Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS (by David Schanzer and Tim Nichols)

Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS (by David Schanzer and Tim Nichols)

[ 2 ] September 8, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER and LT. COL. TIM NICHOLS (U.S.M.C. RET.) for ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014: As people who have been studying and, at times, directly involved in, counter terrorism efforts in the U.S. since 9/11, we have been disappointed in the over-hyped public reaction to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

[ 0 ] September 8, 2014 |

Since the horrible events in the US on September 11th 2001 I have experienced an overwhelming tendency of Muslim apologia. Any time anyone who identifies as Muslim commits horrific acts, Muslim civil organizations and community leaders have been quick to not to condone these acts. Sometimes they use the language “this is not Islam”. This […]

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WATCH: Are Muslims Being Portrayed Unfairly?

[ 0 ] September 5, 2014 |

via CNN on SEPTEMBER 4, 2014:  Does Islam lend itself to extremism, and have muslims been vocal enough in condemning the violence? Our panel weighs in. **panelists included Lisa Bloom (legal analyst), Marc Lamont Hill (political commentator), Ben Ferguson (Ben Ferguson show). If video above doesn’t play watch: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/09/04/ctn-muslim-extremism-panel.cnn.html  

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The Islamic State Campaign: Key Strategic and Tactical Challenges (CSIS)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2014:  Transition in Afghanistan Grand Strategic Context Secular, “Christian” U.S. with poor track record in Iraq and ties to Israel; lack of allied confidence in U.S. in Arab world and Turkey; No allied unity. Islamic State is only one of […]

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WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

MPAC Presents Safe Spaces Campaign to Prevent Violent Extremism  via MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) on AUGUST 28, 2014:  On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference with law enforcement officials and national community leaders to address the escalation of violent extremism and MPAC’s response to the potential for threats against […]

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WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

[ 0 ] August 19, 2014 |

via YOUTUBE, MAY 7, 2014:  UNC-Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Carl W. Ernst gave a talk this past Spring (May 7, 2014) called “Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World” at the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington DC. It was the First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ Commemorative Lecture of the International Council For Middle East Studies. […]

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Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

[ 0 ] August 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2014:   Some academic resources/books on Yazidis, via Sociology of Islam Listserv and scholar Asil Nasir Dyck: 1) Asil Nasir Dyck, British travel accounts on the Yazidis of Northern Iraq, 1800-1850, [M.A. thesis], History and Archeology, American University of Beirut, 1974. 2) Sami said Ahmed, […]

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