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Shadowing The China G20 Summit: An Interreligious Gathering

Katherine Marshall | Posted 09.06.2016 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

World leaders meeting in Hangzhou, China may be unaware that a few days earlier a shadow group of religious scholars met in Beijing.

The Folly Of Philippines' Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

MANILA, Philippines -- "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion," Edmund Burke, the great 18th century conservative thinker, once warned. Today, a specter is hunting the democratic world -- the specter of autocratic nostalgia.

Philippines' Black Swan Elections: The New Normal in Democratic Politics

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

The challenge for democrats today, whether in Metro Manila or Washington D.C., is to end dysfunctional forms of decision-making that are giving a bad name to democracy -- the greatest gift of modernity.

Erdogan Is Proving Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilizations' Right

Behlül Özkan | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- In his seminal 1996 volume, The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a "torn country." According to Huntington, despite its adoption of Western institutions such as democracy and the rule of law, Turkey remains firmly rooted in the culture of the Islamic world and is therefore experiencing a "civilizational crisis." Today, Turkey is still the only secular, democratic republic in the Islamic world; sadly, under Erdoğan's increasingly Islamist rule, it is proving Huntington right with every passing day.

How the Post-Cold War Order Broke Down

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 04.25.2015 | Home
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- In general, a medieval spirit reigns, with its internecine wars and in which the only great strategy, if one exists at all, is to indulge the passion for blood. This desire to repay the enemy a hundredfold -- even if he is yesterday's neighbor or friend -- is often mixed with religious fanaticism or blind nationalism.

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.18.2015 | Home
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

Israel vs. Hamas: A Clash of Civilizations?

Joshua R. Fattal | Posted 10.22.2014 | Home
Joshua R. Fattal

By calling his enemies "savages," Netanyahu reveals that he is unwilling to view the Palestinians for what they are: a people of several million strong who dwell in the same land between the river and the sea, and who are as unwilling as Israel is to leave.

Four Decades after the 'Third Wave of Democratization' and the Irrelevance of Political Parties' Differences in Portugal: 1974-2014

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.19.2015 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In the last forty years, periods of economic growth, stagnation, and recession have occurred in equal measure irrespective of which party held the power.

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

When Saints Rule? Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Sainthood

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Suchitra Vijayan

In the past week, we have seen an explosion of stories critiquing the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. One article's particularly hyperbolic headline even asked if she was going to be Burma's "next tyrant?"

What Do Muslim-Western Relations Mean?

Common Ground News Service | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

In the last 12 years since the 9/11 attacks, familiarity has led to a better Western understanding of the complexities in the Muslim world, while far-reaching changes in the Muslim world have undermined a black and white view of the region in the West.

The Stalemate in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.24.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

More likely than not, a prolonged conflict and stalemate await southern Thailand.

Hispanics and Illegal Immigration - Where the Conversation Stops

Stephen Palacios | Posted 10.19.2011 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

Hispanic opinions on illegal immigration have what I believe is a reasoned, and reasonable perspective on comprehensive illegal immigration reform.

Clash of Civilizations Re-Revisited

Ty McCormick | Posted 07.10.2011 | Home
Ty McCormick

Egypt and the broader Middle East isn't experiencing a clash of civilizations so much as a clash within civilizations. Part of it is generational, part is economic and part is a conflict over ideas, values and beliefs.

Clash of Civilizations Discredited

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The bloody fault lines of conflict today are mapped out not between democratic and undemocratic civilizations, but between global forces of antidemocratic power and human struggles for freedom in every culture.

Our Forgotten "Presidents"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In between the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's inauguration, there were 16 (or perhaps 13, or maybe just eight) men who were called "president".

An Egyptian Revolution? It's Still Too Soon to Say

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Astore

In raising concerns about the long-term meaning and results of Egypt's revolution, we must return to the very definition of revolution: a rapid, fundamental, and violent domestic change in the dominant values and myths of a society.

Dump All Those Paradigms: It's Nationalism, Stupid!

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

Scholars have long debated the direction that the "paradigm shift" in international relations would take. What would replace the obsolete bipolar international system and the strategic and ideological forces that had driven it?

Making the DREAM Real

Philip Wolgin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Wolgin

Once the DREAM Act is passed, activists and advocates should work to create a network of fellowships, grants, and support for immigrants on the path to legalization.

Arizona: the Other as Enemy

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aldo Civico

On the day the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed an outrageous immigration law, I was at the JFK airport in New York about to embark on a one-mo...

We Cannot Let Fear Turn Into Hate: Iran's Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Speaks

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

Last Friday I went to hear a keynote address from Iran's only Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi. I was blown away.

Repositioning America: Obama's Cairo Speech as the Ultimate in Event Marketing

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Bradley

Not only did no one throw shoes at Obama, the crowd of 3,000 in Cairo gave him a standing ovation. Watching the speech, I had the feeling that the world might be changing again.

Have You Ever Heard of the 'Muslim Effect'?

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

An American list of the top 100 intellectuals was dominated by Muslims in the top 10; the only other American list dominated by Muslims is the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.

Revisiting the "Clash of Civilizations"

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia DeSanctis

Huntington theorized that, with the end of the Cold War and the removal of ideology as a source of conflict, it would be cultural and religious differences that would now propel history.