Tag: Syria

WATCH: In Praise of Hatred — a Conversation with Khalid Khalifa

[ 0 ] April 11, 2016 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on APRIL 11, 2016:  Syrian author Khalid Khalifa sits down with Renée Ragin to discuss his process, his novels, and his thoughts on Syria today. Khalifa is an award-winning Syrian novelist, screenwriter and poet. Khalifa’s work “In Praise of Hatred” was been widely praised. Ragin is a PhD in Duke […]

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WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] February 18, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016:  In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and speak to him about countering violent extremism in the Middle East and in Pakistan, and the plight of […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer on Syria Cease Fire Negotiations

LISTEN: David Schanzer on Syria Cease Fire Negotiations

[ 0 ] February 12, 2016 |

MUNICH — The United States, Russia and other powers agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war, to take place within the next week, and immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday. (via Washington Post)  via ON SECURITY on FEBRUARY 11, 2016 (taped before […]

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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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