Op-ed: Women’s Rights in Egypt: An Unlikely Opportunity – by Faiqa Mahmood

A government led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) provides a unique opportunity for the promotion of women’s rights in Egypt. To mark a successful chapter in the struggle for greater rights for women, religious and secular civil society actors must unite and build on their strong common ground.

Lost in the Labyrinth: The Green Revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran – By Joel Hernandez

Demystifying the Green Revolution would illuminate the actual impact of the uprising on Western-Iranian relations, which was limited.

Strange Bedfellows: Religious Fundamentalism and the Death Penalty in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia – By Julia Brooks

What accounts for the judicial similarities on capital punishment between the United States and Saudi Arabia?

Mandate Iraq: Imagining a Nation – By Natalie Bowlus

While Iraq’s Sunni and Shi’a were hardly on equal footing in 1920, it was not inevitable that the inequality would persist. Failed political and social institutions are to be blamed.

The ‘Unmanned’ Conflict in Pakistan – By Neha Ansari

Is Pakistan undergoing an armed conflict as defined by International Humanitarian Law and are the CIA-operated drone attacks in compliance with the legal regime?

Legitimate Threat or Excuse for Repression? The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Central Asian Stability Post-2014 – By Lesley Pories

Is Central Asia at risk of falling under the control of anti-Western Islamists, or are these authoritarian regimes exploiting the War on Terror to garner international support for further repression of their political opposition?

Terrorism in Iran: An Analysis of Non-State Militant Organizations in the Islamic Republic – By Micah Peckarsky

This analysis argues that internal conditions in Iran – specifically the marginalization of ethnic and religious minorities, the authoritarian nature of the regime, and its hostility to any ideological or political alternatives – have fostered the emergence of several armed groups challenging the Iranian state. This study focuses on four non-state militant groups: Jundallah, the […]

Navigating U.S.-Egyptian Relations in the Post-Mubarak Era: Strategies for Preserving American Interests – By Micah Peckarsky

Despite the deterioration of U.S.-Egyptian relations following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the U.S. maintains significant strategic interests in Egypt that necessitate the continuation of a major partnership, including the preservation of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, military collaboration, access through the Suez Canal, among others. Within this framework, this analysis will provide short and long-term recommendations […]