Category: Themes

Adm. Mike Mullen (via Politico): Why I Like The Iran Deal (Sort Of)

[ 0 ] April 17, 2015 |

by ADM. MIKE MULLEN (RET) for POLITICO on APRIL 16, 2015:  The nuclear agreement between the international community and Iran already stands as a remarkable if incomplete achievement. As in all such deals, the devil surely lies in its details and in implementation. I like the phrase “Distrust but Verify.” And yet the real significance […]

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Shana Marshall: The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Remaking of an Economic Empire

[ 0 ] April 16, 2015 |

by SHANA MARSHALL for CARNEGIE MIDDLE EAST CENTER on APRIL 15, 2015:  The Egyptian military has gained unprecedented power since overseeing the ouster of two Egyptian presidents, Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and Mohamed Morsi in 2013. With its major political rivals sidelined, more than $20 billion in Gulf aid, and widespread domestic support for General-Turned-President […]

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LISTEN: Sophia Rose Arjana on “Muslims in the Western Imagination” (New Book)

LISTEN: Sophia Rose Arjana on “Muslims in the Western Imagination” (New Book)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2015 |

by ELLIOTT BAZZANO for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on MARCH 10, 2015: In Muslims in the Western Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2015), Sophia Rose Arjana explores a variety of creative productions—including art, literature, film—in order to tell a story not about how Muslims construct their own identities but rather about how Western thinkers have […]

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“All In and All Out”: Examining Islam in G. Willow Wilson’s Graphic Novels

“All In and All Out”: Examining Islam in G. Willow Wilson’s Graphic Novels

[ 0 ] April 15, 2015 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 15, 2015: When Publishers Weekly called G. Willow Wilson “a talented young writer” almost a decade ago, they likely had no idea of the superstar status she would earn over the next several years. Though Wilson is probably most […]

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How Toshihiko Made Me Understand Islam

[ 0 ] April 14, 2015 |

by MONIRA AL QADRI for IBRAAZ: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE IN  NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (blog) on FEBRUARY 26, 2015:  Who would have thought that the best translation ever to be conducted of the Qur’an was actually in Japanese? Many scholars agree that Toshihiko Izutsu’s 1958 version of the holy book is one of […]

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Measuring What Policymakers Want from Academics (via Monkey Cage blog/WP)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2015 |

by ANA O’HARROW and MICHAEL TIERNEY for MONKEY CAGE blog/WASHINGTON POST on APRIL 5, 2015:  An increasing number of unsupported, but plausible, claims assert a widening gap between the policy and academic communities in international relations. Certainly both IR scholars and IR practitionersperceive a growing gap between the academic and policy communities. But how would […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Corker-Menendez Bill hinders, Not Helps, a Good Iran Deal

Bruce Jentleson: Corker-Menendez Bill hinders, Not Helps, a Good Iran Deal

[ 0 ] April 13, 2015 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on APRIL 13, 2015:  There have been many times in American history when Congress has played a constructive foreign policy role. There have been other times when its role has been counterproductive to foreign policy success. As we move to the final stages of the Iran nuclear negotiations, there […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015:  Duke University literature professor Negar Mottahedeh set the scene for “Rosewater”  — a feature film about the real-life imprisonment of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari following his coverage of the 2009 Iran elections — at a public screening of the film last month.  Released in November […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

Scholars discuss the power and limits of bearing witness — as traditional or citizen journalists — and the government’s use of social media as a tool of control and repression. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015: *updated on April 13, with new information on the Rezaian case Last month Duke University […]

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