Category: Business & Economics

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

[ 1 ] July 22, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:  Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, […]

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Academics and Diplomats Call for US to Suspend Non-Humanitarian Aid to Egypt; Demand Release of Political Detainees

Academics and Diplomats Call for US to Suspend Non-Humanitarian Aid to Egypt; Demand Release of Political Detainees

[ 0 ] June 20, 2014 |

via JADALIYYA on JUNE 19, 2014:  In an unprecedented statement, over forty senior academics and career diplomats including more than a dozen former presidents of the most important professional association for scholars of the Arab and larger Muslim world, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), have signed a letter to US President Obama and Secretary […]

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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq? (miriam cooke)

Redrawing Borders: Is the Tribal Governance Model Worth Considering in Iraq? (miriam cooke)

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 18, 2014: During World War I the British representative to the Middle East Sir Mark Sykes and his French counterpart François Georges-Picot held negotiations (between Nov. 1915-March 1916) to carve up the Middle East into British and French colonial zones of influence. Their secret agreement pushed heterogeneous tribal and feudal […]

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I-Wei Jennifer Chang: The Iran Sanctions and South Korea’s Balancing Act

I-Wei Jennifer Chang: The Iran Sanctions and South Korea’s Balancing Act

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

by I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE on JUNE 2, 2014:  Following the recent progress on the Iranian nuclear issue and the subsequent easing of sanctions, South Korean businesses are reengaging the Iranian market. A South Korean trade delegation visited Iran on March 9, 2014, to expand bilateral trade ties in the mining, industrial, […]

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World Bank Head Praises Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan

[ 0 ] June 4, 2014 |

via AL ARABIYA on JUNE 1, 2014:  World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, in a special (videotaped) interview with Al Arabiya’s Washington, DC bureau chief Hisham Melhem, discussed the objective of his planned visit to several Arab states, ways the Bank can help ease the Syrian refugee crisis and methods of increasing participation of […]

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Jocelyne Cesari: Why The Muslim Brotherhood Will Not Die

[ 0 ] May 30, 2014 |

by JOCELYNE CESARI for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on MAY 29, 2014:  On May 17 the commander of a breakaway Libyan military force, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, vowed to purge the Muslim Brotherhood from the country. His comments echoed a growing disdain for Islamist political parties across the region. Since former President Mohamed Morsi’s removal from power last year, […]

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China’s New Silk Road Strategy

China’s New Silk Road Strategy

[ 0 ] May 22, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE: In the current issue of Middle East Report, we write about the strategic logic of China’s increasing investment in teaching Middle Eastern languages, particularly Arabic, Persian and Turkish. A key goal of the push for Middle Eastern […]

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When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

[ 2 ] May 21, 2014 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 21, 2014: After weeks-long elections in India, the Hindu nationalist BJP party, with Narendra Modi as prime-minister elect, has emerged as the overwhelming victor in a hotly contested campaign. The election results were both an affirmation of the BJP’s policies and ideologies and a resounding defeat for the […]

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Fear not Modi — Fear Yourselves!

Fear not Modi — Fear Yourselves!

[ 0 ] May 19, 2014 |

Editor’s note: India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has won India’s general election 2014. The BJP’s Narendra Modi will be India’s 14th prime minister. Here’s an analysis about what this might mean for Pakistan.  by HAIDER MEHDI for THE NATION (PAKISTAN) on MAY 15, 2014:  This is an emotional, intellectual and philosophical reflection on the state of the Indian […]

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