Rival Islamic States: ISIS v Iran

Feb 10, 2015
The Islamic world is rife with political diversity, from ultraconservative monarchies to new democracies. But two places reflect the escalating rivalry over an ideal Islamic state in the 21st century: The Islamic Republic of Iran, predominantly Shiite, was born of a revolution against centuries of monarchical rule. The Islamic State, purely Sunni, was born out of war in the modern nations of Iraq and Syria.

Muslims Condemn ISIS Killing of Jordanian Pilot

Feb 05, 2015
On Feb. 4, 2015, ISIS militants executed captured Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh by burning him alive. The pilot’s execution drew condemnation across the Islamist spectrum.

Obama Meets with Muslim-American Leaders

Feb 05, 2015
On Feb. 4, 2015, President Obama met with 15 Muslim American leaders at the White House. Discussions focused on countering violent extremism, protecting civil liberties, and other issues.

Tunisia's New Government: Tension Among Factions

Feb 03, 2015
Tunisia held peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of 2014, but its attempts to form a new government in January reveal tensions among its political factions.

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.