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Strategies for Madrasa Engagement

Strategies for Madrasa Engagement

Mahan Mirza One could mention several different reasons for influential actors from the West to systematically engage religious institutions and scholars in the Muslim world. The first is for the purpose of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. An example of this kind...

Understanding the Madrasa Discourses Project

Understanding the Madrasa Discourses Project

Ebrahim Moosa Madrasas have been much in the news in the past six months in both Pakistan and India. While hardly any credible madrasas engage in training suicide bombers, reports indicate that both the Jaish-e Mohammad and the Lashkar-e Tayyiba, two terrorist groups...

De-Ba`thification and the Rise of ISIS

De-Ba`thification and the Rise of ISIS

Aysegul Keskin Zeren As the war against ISIS unfolds, acknowledging the conditions and events that paved the way for ISIS is crucial for rethinking strategy. As a result of a decade of instability in Iraq and more than three years of civil war in Syria, ISIS had...

The Role of Diplomacy in Countering ISIS

The Role of Diplomacy in Countering ISIS

David Cortright The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a clear and present danger to international security that must be stopped. The question is how. President Obama said there are no military solutions to this crisis, but he has sent American soldiers back to...

The ISIS Stalemate: It’s the Long Game

The ISIS Stalemate: It’s the Long Game

Ebrahim Moosa With another U.S. aid worker beheaded by ISIS and unreported civilian deaths caused by U.S. airstrikes in ISIS controlled territories in Iraq and Syria, the conflict is taking on the features of a military stalemate. As long as ISIS is America’s problem,...

The March of Folly

The March of Folly

Asher Kaufman If the late historian Barbara Tuchman could write a new edition of The March of Folly, would she consider the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a proper candidate for an addition to her classic book? Tuchman wrote about “one of the most compelling...

Religious Peacebuilding in Mindanao

Religious Peacebuilding in Mindanao

Scott Appleby The war being waged in mineral-rich Mindanao, the southernmost island region of the Philippines, is a perfect storm of contemporary violent conflict. It is about land and resources, religion and clan, sovereignty, governance, and corruption in high and...

Religion and Conflict

Religion and Conflict

Gerard F. Powers Later this month, the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group will submit its recommendations to Secretary Hillary Clinton after a year of work. With subgroups on development, religious freedom and democracy, and conflict...