Tag: Syria

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on ISIS and the Murder of James Foley

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on ISIS and the Murder of James Foley

[ 0 ] August 22, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via WWL RADIO NEW ORLEANS (RADIO HOST TOMMY TUCKER INTERVIEWS BRUCE JENTLESON) on AUGUST 21, 2014:  WWL Radio host Tommy Tucker talks to Bruce Jentleson, a Duke Prof. of Public Policy & Political Science and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, about the beheading […]

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In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Charlie Dunlap Jr, a professor of the practice at Duke Law School and executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, said today that ISIS “has grossly miscalculated” in its execution of freelance journalist James Foley. Foley was abducted in northern Syria in […]

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Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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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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Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by MBAYE LO for AL ARABIYA INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES on AUGUST 10, 2014:  Two weeks ago I attended the Friday sermon at Niamey’s Grand Mosque in the Republic of Niger. The imam reminded the congregation that “these are troubling times: there is killing everywhere, and certainly, these are signs of the end of time.” He summoned […]

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Iraq: Islamic Militants, Breakup and Other Tough Questions on Twitter (USIP)

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by STEVE RUDER for UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE (OLIVE BRANCH BLOG) on AUGUST 13, 2014:  Will Iraq’s current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki defy efforts to replace him? Will it break apart into several separate states? Should its neighbors do more to challenge the militants rampaging across the border with Syria? And are we giving this […]

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Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

[ 0 ] August 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2014:   Some academic resources/books on Yazidis, via Sociology of Islam Listserv and scholar Asil Nasir Dyck: 1) Asil Nasir Dyck, British travel accounts on the Yazidis of Northern Iraq, 1800-1850, [M.A. thesis], History and Archeology, American University of Beirut, 1974. 2) Sami said Ahmed, […]

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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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Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

by THOMAS HEGGHAMMER for LAWFARE BLOG on JULY 6, 2014:  Lawfare Blog Editor’s Note: The conquest of Mosul and other cities in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has alarmed the United States and its allies and electrified the Sunni jihadist community. On Monday, ISIS went one step further, changing its […]

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