Tag: Hafez al-Assad

WATCH — Between a Red Line and a Hard Place: Duke Scholars Discuss What’s Next for Syria

WATCH — Between a Red Line and a Hard Place: Duke Scholars Discuss What’s Next for Syria

[ 0 ] September 28, 2013 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 27, 2013: A panel of Duke scholars discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria at a talk hosted by the Duke Islamic Studies Center’s ISLAMiCommentary project this week. The group — which included Phil Bennett (Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy), Abdeslam Maghraoui (Associate Professor of the Practice, Political […]

Read More

Alon Ben-Meir: Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?

Alon Ben-Meir: Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?

[ 1 ] July 9, 2013 |

by ALON BEN-MEIR for THE HUFFINGTON POST on JULY 7, 2013:  The question raised by the ouster of Egypt’s President Morsi is whether Islam is compatible with democracy or any form of government that empowers the people and limits the power of leaders to hold merely representative offices with limited terms of public service. Islam […]

Read More

Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

[ 1 ] November 4, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012:  With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]

Read More

Syria Journalist Comments: Oversimplifying Syria

Syria Journalist Comments: Oversimplifying Syria

[ 0 ] September 20, 2012 |

by NAJAH DIMASHQIEH for INSTITUTE FOR WAR AND PEACE REPORTING (IWPR’S SYRIA PROGRAMME) on SEPTEMBER 20, 2012: Revolution is a struggle to dislodge the Assad regime, not the internecine conflict it is sometimes portrayed as. The Syrian revolution that erupted in March 2011 and is still continuing tends to be interpreted in too superficial a manner by the international […]

Read More