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28th March 2013 – al-Wasat

Why is Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Leader Threatening the Government?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Yesterday, Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s fugitive leader Abu Iyad al-Tunisi (Saif-Allah Benahssine) issued a bellicose statement threatening the overthrow of Tunisia’s government if it interfered with AST. more...

27th March 2013 – The Long War Journal

War of Words Escalates in Tunisia

Thomas Joscelyn

In an interview published by Le Monde on March 26, Tunisian prime minister Ali Larayedh reiterated his criticisms of the Salafi jihadists who have grown stronger throughout his country. Ali Larayedh accused Ansar... more...

26th March 2013 – Foreign Policy

Springtime for Salafists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In mid-March, a 19-year-old Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler posted several topless photographs of herself on Facebook. In one pose, the dark-haired Amina is set against a black background, wearing lipstick and eye shadow. more...

27th February 2013 – The National Interest

The Radicalization of African Islam

Each spring, the entire community of Djenne, a small town in central Mali, gathers to repair the natural damage inflicted upon the town’s Grand Mosque in the previous year. The festival, known as the Plastering... more...

21st February 2013 – Fox News

Saudi Religious Police Arrest Ethiopian Workers for Practicing Christianity

Benjamin Weinthal

Saudi Arabia’s notorious religious police, known as the mutawa, swooped in on a private gathering of at least 53 Ethiopian Christians this month, shutting down their private prayer, and arresting the peaceful... more...

21st February 2013 – National Post

Ahmadi Muslims, Killed in Pakistan but Welcomed Here, Perfectly Symbolize Our Canadian Values

Last week, when Canadians learned that the federal government was set to announce the creation of a new “Office of Religious Freedom,” CBC reported the news with this headline: “Harper to unveil religious... more...

18th February 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Egypt Against Itself

This week marks the second anniversary of the fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Two years after the refrain “the people want to topple the regime” filled Tahrir Square, it is now Egypt itself that is toppling. more...

8th February 2013 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Tunisia Calls for Islamist Solution to Political Crisis

Thomas Joscelyn

The assassination of a prominent opposition leader has sparked a political crisis in Tunisia. Chokri Belaid, a politician who had spoken out against the ruling Islamist Ennahda party and Salafists, was shot dead... more...

8th February 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Egypt’s Never-Ending Revolution

Since January 25, Egypt has witnessed an unprecedented wave of nationwide protests which have left more than 60 people dead. The country remains in a state of lawlessness. more...

29th January 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Israel’s New Islamist Neighborhood

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Israel last week held parliamentary elections, and many in America and Europe are interpreting the results as a triumph for moderates that means new hope for the Middle East peace process. more...

28th January 2013 – The Jewish Chronicle

Belgian School’s Demise Symbol of a Euro Disease

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The likely closure, in coming months, of the Maimonides Jewish school in Brussels — as reported earlier this week in the Times of Israel — comes as no surprise to those familiar with the local Jewish... more...

24th January 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

A Religious Taboo

Clifford D. May

Can we at least agree that reports of al-Qaeda’s death have been greatly exaggerated? You’ll recall that Peter Bergen, a director at the New America Foundation and the national-security analyst for CNN... more...

22nd January 2013 – Fox News

US Urged to Aid Egyptian Family Facing Prison for Converting to Christianity

Benjamin Weinthal

Supporters of an Egyptian woman sentenced with her seven children to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity say the U.S. government must do more to stick up for her and other religious minorities in the Middle East. more...

16th January 2013 – Fox News

Egyptian Court Sentences Christian Family to 15 Years for Converting From Islam

Benjamin Weinthal

The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say... more...

9th January 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Nasty Neologism

Jonathan Schanzer

'The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends," President George W. Bush declared soon after the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Bush's statement set the tone for the tumultuous decade to come, one in which... more...

9th January 2013 – Tablet

The Rise of Egypt’s Jon Stewart

The Jon Stewart of Egypt, Bassem Youssef, is used to making headlines in Egypt for his popular late-night show. But in the past week the satirist has been in papers around the world for taking his criticism of Egyptian... more...

3rd January 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Beyond ‘Toxic Nationalism’

Clifford D. May

Robert D. Kaplan has long been among America’s most insightful analysts of global trends. I’d rather argue with him than agree with most others. Right now, I’m going to do a bit of both. more...

31st December 2012 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: What Do Mideast Christians Face in ’13?

Benjamin Weinthal

Growing persecution of Middle Eastern Christians and holy sites by radical Islamists in the Middle East and Africa in 2012 resulted in large numbers of murders, bombings, imprisonments, church closures... more...

13th December 2012 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Emir Calls on Egyptian Salafi Leader to Continue Revolution

Thomas Joscelyn

A video posted on Egyptian websites this week shows Ayman al Zawahiri calling on the hardline Salafi leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail to relaunch the Egyptian revolution. While Zawahiri's call has... more...

13th December 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

Dictators and Dissidents

Clifford D. May

The think tank I head up organizes an annual policy conference that has to be planned many months in advance, so we always worry that the theme we choose will be embarrassingly outdated by the time... more...


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29th July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Egyptian Revolution 2.0

A Conversation with Bahaa El-Taweal, Khairi Abaza, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Samuel Tadros, and Jonathan Schanzer

In light of the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Egypt, the U.S. must now determine how best to support Egypt's transition, protect U.S. interests, and advance democracy in the region. Are we supporting a military dictatorship over a popularly elected Islamist government? What does the future hold for the non-Islamist Tamarod movement? Will the Muslim Brotherhood rebound from this defeat? What does this crisis portend for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, including Qatar and Turkey?

26th October 2012 - 3:00 AM

Khairi Abaza Speaks on Egypt’s New Government

Where is the Egyptian 'Third Republic' Heading

Al-Hewar Center, Vienna, VA