Category: Business & Economics

Malaysia Picks Up Pieces After Back-to-Back Plane Tragedies (A Conversation with the Ambassador)

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

“I had just lost the last election by 201 votes out of 80,000 in my constituency in Bachok, when one day I got a call from the prime minister asking me to take this job,” said Awang, who had been the deputy minister of finance. “I told him, ‘I’m not a diplomat.’ He laughed and […]

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Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 27, 2014:  These were the top ten most-accessed original pieces on ISLAMiCommentary this summer. 1.Five Years Since ‘New Muslim Cool’, Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of US Muslim Religious Culture (by Julie Poucher Harbin, Duke University)  2.Looking Beyond the Safety of the Hate Narrative (by Yakir Englander, Northwestern University) […]

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USIP Offers Strategic Peacebuilding Course (online)

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, SUMMER/FALL 2014:  This course seeks to equip learners with the ability to build and utilize a more comprehensive and strategic approach to constructing a just peace. (October 6 – November 2) Instructor: George Lopez, Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute […]

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WATCH: “Haifa’s Answer – Coexistence in Israel” (independent film 2013)

[ 0 ] August 14, 2014 |

“In this difficult moment for Palestine and Israel, the film that I have realized with Roberto Cipriani on coexistence in Haifa, and the role of the Arab and Jewish civil society engaged in the dialogue, might be helpful and might bring a different perspective.The title is: “Haifa’s answer. A film on coexistence in Israel”.” — […]

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Tunisia: The Last Best Hope for the Arab Spring

[ 0 ] August 14, 2014 |

by MOHSIN KHAN and SVETLANA MILBERT for ATLANTIC COUNCIL on AUGUST 13, 2014:  The uprisings that swept the Arab world began with the overthrow of President Ben Ali of Tunisia in January 2011. Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen quickly emulated Tunisia’s example, giving hope to those countries’ citizens that major transformations were underway to meet […]

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Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014 |

“Many Palestinians see the Israelis as aggressive colonizers of Palestinian land and resources or as jailers; many Israelis see the Palestinians as irrational, violent and a ticking demographic time bomb that endangers a Jewish-majority state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. One thing is sure: Palestinian and Israeli youth are the hope for a resolution […]

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PEW: Erdogan Favorability Falls in Turkey, Middle East Ahead of 8/10 Election

PEW: Erdogan Favorability Falls in Turkey, Middle East Ahead of 8/10 Election

[ 0 ] July 31, 2014 |

Two studies from Pew on Turkey/See below: Support for Turkey’s Erdogan drops sharply in Middle East by JACOB POUSHTER for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JULY 30, 2014:  With a presidential election just over a week away, a new survey finds that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support has declined sharply in his home country and around […]

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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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