Tag: Syria

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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WATCH: Drone Footage Shows Total Devastation in Homs, Syria (RT EXCLUSIVE)

[ 0 ] February 8, 2016 |

The city of Homs, Syria, became a rebel stronghold in 2011, and ensuing battle with government forces have nearly destroyed it.  Many major news networks have aired this haunting footage over the past two weeks. via RUSSIA TODAY on JANUARY 20, 2016:  The RT exclusive aerial footage shows the city of Homs in Syria, once […]

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WATCH: The Iowa Caucus & the Foreign Policy Credentials of the Candidates

[ 0 ] February 5, 2016 |

via CAMPAIGN STOP 2016 (DUKE UNIVERSITY) on FEBRUARY 3, 2016:  How will the debates over presidential candidate foreign policy credentials play out after the 2016 Iowa caucus results? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Peter Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy. From 2005-07, […]

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Retired US Diplomat Alberto Fernandez on “The ISIS Challenge in Perspective”

Retired US Diplomat Alberto Fernandez on “The ISIS Challenge in Perspective”

[ 0 ] February 4, 2016 |

Above: Full talk by Ambassador Alberto Fernandez: “Beyond Hysteria and Apologia: The ISIS Challenge in Perspective” (summary below)   by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 31, 2016: Dozens of Middle East studies scholars, students and the general public packed a public talk  — “Beyond Hysteria and Apologia: The ISIS Challenge in Perspective” —  given […]

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Scholars Discuss the Origins, Consequences and Responses to ISIS

Scholars Discuss the Origins, Consequences and Responses to ISIS

[ 0 ] February 4, 2016 |

UPDATED FEB. 4 WITH NEW VIDEO! (Above is a series of clips taken from the discussion) by EZGI USTUNDAG for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 21, 2016:  DURHAM, NC – Tearful refugees landing on European shores. Terror in Paris, San Bernardino, Beirut, Istanbul and Jakarta. Gruesome calls to action and videos of beheadings in Iraq and […]

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Syrian Refugees are Offering Arabic Lessons to Students Abroad through Skype

[ 0 ] February 3, 2016 |

by URSULA LINDSEY for QUARTZ on NOVEMBER 20, 2016: On a recent evening, I logged onto Skype and jumped into a conversation with a chain-smoking, friendly young Syrian refugee in Beirut. It cost me $15 an hour. I was trying out Natakallam, (”We Speak”), a new online platform that pairs students who want to practice […]

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REPORT: Cases of Muslim American Involvement w/Violent Extremism in 2015 Highest Since 9/11

REPORT: Cases of Muslim American Involvement w/Violent Extremism in 2015 Highest Since 9/11

[ 0 ] February 2, 2016 |

via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY on FEBRUARY 2, 2016: Today the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University issued a report by UNC- Chapel Hill sociology professor Charles Kurzman: “Muslim American Involvement in Violent Extremism – 2015.” The report is  available at: goo.gl/VLcajh This is the seventh report in this series. […]

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Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] February 2, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, GEOFFREY MOCK and EMILIE POPLETT for DUKE TODAY on FEBRUARY 2, 2016: The Syrian refugee crisis was decades in the making. The international community now has less time to try to resolve it. That was the message from a series of scholars, journalists and artists who spoke at a two-day conference […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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Duke to Host Conference on Arab Refugee Crisis (1/28-1/29)

Duke to Host Conference on Arab Refugee Crisis (1/28-1/29)

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  DURHAM, N.C. — Local and visiting scholars and students, activists, journalists, artists and local refugees will come together for a public conference at Duke University Jan. 28-29 to address the urgency of the Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese refugee crises. This interactive conference — “The Arab […]

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