Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States offers his perspective on how Islam, democracy, economic development, and security challenges will shape the future of Afghanistan. While recent years have witnessed some economic development and social reform in Afghanista, instability continues to present security challenges. How will the current changes affect regional security, economic […]
Should GCC members limit residency visas for non skilled foreign workers to six years?
Tension and conflict marred the relationship between the Indonesian government in Jakarta and Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh for most of the last half century. At the core of the center ‐ periphery rift between Jakarta and Aceh was the Acehnese desire for political autonomy, although that desire has enjoyed varying degrees of support in […]
Since 2001, transitional justice in Afghanistan has endured a precarious progression, with those supporting it forced to fight for each step forward. Despite the efforts of transitional justice proponents, the amnesty bill signed by President Karzai in early 2007 dramatically reversed much of the progress that had been achieved. While the Afghan Independent Human Rights […]
Like Father, Like Son – Personalized Succession: Bashar Assad and the New Challenges to the Ba’thist State – by David Ethan Corbin
Historically, Syria has had a unique position in the Arab world. Today is no different. Though overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim, Syria is run by a nominally Shi’a Islam, Alawi minority. Its population is a virtual ethnic and religious mosaic, comprised of Arabs, Alawis, Druze, Kurds and Armenians each belonging to various Muslim and Christian denominations and […]
In 1975, Beirut became the setting of a protracted civil conflict that would dramatically change the city’s social milieu by the time it ended, over fifteen years later. What started as a disagreement between the Christian and the Muslim communities over the power of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Lebanon, ended up involving regional […]