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Report: More than 20,000 Foreign Fighters in Syria/Iraq

Jan 26, 2015
The International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR) at King's College London has released results of a report estimating that more than 20,000 foreign fighters have joined Sunni militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

Iran & Region: Goals in Syria

Jan 26, 2015
Iran is playing a crucial role in buttressing President Bashar Assad, through military advice, provision of weapons, and funding of the cash-strapped Syrian government. The Assad regime might not survive without support of Iran and its allies such as Hezbollah.

Iran & Region: Salvaging Iraq

Jan 26, 2015
The Iranian government, particularly the Revolutionary Guards, is playing a huge role in helping the Iraqi security forces fight the Islamic State, especially in Diyala.

King Abdullah: A Look Back At His 10-Year Rule

Jan 23, 2015
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, who died January 23, began his 10-year reign as a reformer. But the crackdown on activists after the Arab Spring slowed the reform process, according to a new publication by David Ottaway, a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

State of the Union: Obama on Violent Extremism

Jan 21, 2015
On Jan. 20, 2015, President Barack Obama rejected religious discrimination in his State of the Union address.

Ghannouchi: Islamists Lack Support to Rule

Jan 20, 2015
Rachid Ghannounchi, co-founder of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda movement, shared his views on Tunisia’s presidential election in a December 2014 interview with Robin Wright.

Jebali: Don't Let Tunisia Slip Back to Despotism

Jan 20, 2015
Hamadi Jebali, former secretary general of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, said Islamists’ mismanagement of the political transition led to the party’s losses in the 2014 elections. “Every party that tries to immediately govern after a revolution will fail,” he said in a December 2014 interview with Robin Wright.

Muslims Condemn Charlie Hebdo Attack

Jan 09, 2015
Islamist leaders, Muslim scholars, and clerics have denounced the attack on the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Survey: Americans Call ISIS Biggest Threat

Jan 08, 2015
The majority of Americans believe ISIS is the greatest threat to the United States, according to a survey led by Shibley Telhami, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Moderates Attempt to Counter Extremism Online

Dec 15, 2014
Extremist Islamist groups like ISIS – also known as ISIL, Daesh, or the Islamic State – challenge moderate Islamist narratives by spreading their ideology online.

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The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.  They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

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