Strategic Minorities: Iraq’s Non-Muslims and the Power of Persecution in the Fight Against the Islamic State – By Matthew Gruba

The tipping point in the U.S. debate over initiating an air campaign against the Islamic State was the plight of non-Muslim minorities in IS-controlled areas of Iraq, namely that of the Yazidi population in Sinjar. Via effective international messaging efforts, the Yazidis, a tiny religious minority unknown to the outside world, mobilized the United States […]

Rethinking Mission and Priorities: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation – by Arian Sharifi

Arian Sharifi reviews the history, evolution, and performance of the OIC, and provides a vision for its future. He recommends a reassessment of the organization’s focus and priorities, suggesting that the OIC will better serve its member-states if its mission was redefined to specifically focus on cooperation in the fields of economic development and commerce. […]