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Saudi Arabia in the Crucible: A Conversation with Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Joseph Braude | Posted 01.03.2017 | World
Joseph Braude

In recent months, several delegations of American diplomats, elected officials, and Middle East specialists have visited the Saudi capital Riyadh, met...

Fighting for the Soul of Islam: A Battle of the Paymasters

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A gathering of prominent Sunni Muslim leaders in the Chechen capital of Grozny that appeared to have effectively excommunicated Sa...

With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. ...

PoliticalViolence and Sectarianism in Pakistan

James Dorsey | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Pakistan's military commanders gathered this week to assess the impact of the massive bombing in Quetta that killed some 70 people and wiped out a gen...

Jihad v. Soccer: The Islamic State's convoluted love-hate relationship

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey If the Islamic State (IS) was serious about attacking Euro 2016, its plans clearly never materialized. Leaked transcripts of the i...

Men's Hair Takes Centre Stage in Battle Over Legitimacy of Political Islam

James Dorsey | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The Muslim world's battle over the legitimacy of political Islam has expanded to the soccer pitch as proponents and opponents of interpreting the faith politically seek to impose their public morals with men's hairstyles and facial hair taking centre stage.

Losing Turkey

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.06.2017 | World
David L. Phillips

The Obama administration must see Turkey under the reign of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what it is, not how it used to be, or how Washington wishes it were.

Future of Islamic State: Not Merely Religion

James Dorsey | Posted 12.08.2016 | World
James Dorsey

As the threat from Islamic State (also known as IS or ISIS or by its Arabic acronym of Daesh) continued to grow, US-led coalition forces intensified their aerial attacks on IS militants and strategic installations in Syria and Iraq, in a concerted effort to destroy and degrade the self-styled caliphate.

Breeding Intolerance: Turkish Soccer Fans Disrespect Islamic State Victims

James Dorsey | Posted 11.27.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish fans twice in two months disrupted moments of silence for victims of Islamic State attacks in Ankara and Paris in a demonstration of the kind of intolerance bred by religiously-cloaked authoritarianism in countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

War on Islam Comes to Our Backyards

Manal Omar | Posted 10.09.2016 | Religion
Manal Omar

The escalation of tension among the American-Muslim community is an opportunity for us to once more examine the role of religion in society from a multi-disciplinary lens. It is an opportunity to reject the simplistic and sensational narrative that is leading to a cycle of violence.

To Fight the Islamic State, We Need to Get Down to Root Causes

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
James Dorsey

It has become common-place to speak of the need to tackle the root causes that make ISIS one of the most brutal insurgent groups in recent history, attractive to disaffected youth across the globe. Translating that notion into policy, however, is proving difficult.

Re-Configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics

James Dorsey | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2016 | World
James Dorsey

It's almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

Soccer Fields: A Waystation en Route to the Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
James Dorsey

One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic State's executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates have in common is their passion for soccer and their dashed hopes of becoming professional players.

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Deaths in Paris: Separating Fact from Fiction

James Dorsey | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The jihadist assaults in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as well as two French police officers have sparked allegations of a failure by French intelligence and security agencies. Jihadists beyond the Middle East are also portrayed as coordinated by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). A closer look suggests those assertions are at best speculation.

Deaths in Paris: Refining the Post-9/11 Model

James Dorsey | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The attack on Charlie Hebdo has similarly sparked reinforced public support for freedoms -- first and foremost the freedom of expression, a pillar of the French republic.

France and Muslims: What Camus Would Say

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Ethan Casey

The proximate occasion for my publishing this short appreciation is, of course, the terrorist murder of a dozen staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7. But Camus speaks to us far beyond France, and beyond any particular event.

School Shootings and Lone Wolf Attacks: What's the Difference?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Fryberg and Zehaf-Bibeau cases may differ in detail and motivation, yet they both reflect societal problems whether they are concepts of misguided masculinity in which young men feel inhibited in expressing emotion or increased isolation and alienation as a result of prejudice against mental instability.

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Jihadists have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda and recruitment purposes. A recent jihadist video suggested that an apparent Portuguese fighter in Syria was a former French international who had played for British premier league club Arsenal.