Interview with Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the US – by Michael Mylrea

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 […]

Foreign Labor in the Arab Gulf: Challenges to Nationalization – by Dhalia Shaham

Should GCC members limit residency visas for non skilled foreign workers to six years? 

Aceh’s Struggle for Independence: Considering the Role of Islam in a Separatist – Robert Shaw

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 […]

Is Time Ripe for Transitional Justice in Afghanistan – David Wisner

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 […]

Beirut Reconstruction: A Missed Opportunity for Conflict Resolution – by Lourdes Martinez-Garrido

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 […]