Category: Politics & Current Events

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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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 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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Is The British Muslim Vote Actually A Thing?

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

Politicians and activist groups have said that tapping into the “Muslim vote” will be essential to winning in May. But does it actually exist? by HUSSEIN KESVANI for BuzzFeed NEWS on APRIL 8, 2015:  British Muslims make up just under 5% of the overall UK population, nearly half of whom are eligible to vote in […]

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WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

CHARLES WELLER speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(At GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on March 19, 2015):  Dr. Weller’s talk focused on four main, interrelated dimensions of the impact of the Crimean and Ukrainian Crises on the Central Eurasian Islamic World: (1) The response of the Crimean Tatar community and impact on Russo-Tatar relations within […]

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WATCH: Caste Consciousness Among Muslims in North India and Pakistan (with Sara Singha)

WATCH: Caste Consciousness Among Muslims in North India and Pakistan (with Sara Singha)

[ 0 ] April 9, 2015 |

SARA SINGHA speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on February 25, 2015):  The caste system is the Indian hierarchical classification of people into ranked groups called varnas. There are four varnas in the caste system, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras that are organized by occupation and maintained through endogamy. While […]

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