Religion

 
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Sarah Chayes’ Extended Interview With Jon Stewart
    Sarah Chayes January 29, 2015 Daily Show With Jon Stewart

    From the Islamic State in Iraq to Boko Haram in Nigeria, corruption lies at the root of many of today’s international crises.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Who’s Sending What to Combat IS?
    Mario Abou Zeid September 15, 2014 ABC Radio National’s RN Drive

    It remains to be seen what role Arab countries will play in combined international efforts to defeat the Islamic State.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Pluralism is Necessary for Democracy
    Marwan Muasher February 20, 2014 NPR’s Diane Rehm Show

    Diversity must be seen as a strength in the Arab world if the countries in the region are to evolve into democratic societies.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    On Power and World Religions
    Moisés Naím June 12, 2013 VOA Press Conference

    There are a number of obstacles facing major established religious institutions in today’s globalized world, where the number of smaller religious affiliations has proliferated.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    After Boston Bombing, A New Focus On Chechnya
    Alexey Malashenko April 22, 2013 NPR's Tell Me More

    The current situation in Dagestan may have more bearing on the actions of the Boston bombers than the situation in Chechnya.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    A Negotiated Future for Afghanistan
    Sarah Chayes March 28, 2013 WBEZ's Worldview

    The future of Afghanistan depends on the willingness of the U.S. and Afghan governments to incorporate constituencies besides the Taliban in peace negotiations.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkey: A Bridge Between Two Worlds
    Yekaterina Kudashkina, Yuri Tavrovsky, Alexey Malashenko June 7, 2012 Voice of Russia

    Turkey is attempting to position itself as a more than a regional power, with activity in all its neighboring regions. It remains to be seen, however, whether Turkey has enough forces to be present in so many places.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Implications of the Arab Spring for Central Asia
    Alexey Malashenko June 28, 2011 CSIS

    The Arab Spring is likely to have little to no impact on the political situation in the countries of Central Asia and may even serve the governments there as a cautionary warning to their citizens against social upheaval and turmoil.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Living in Limbo in Nagorno-Karabakh
    Rob Sachs, Jessica Jordan, Alexey Malashenko June 27, 2011 Voice of Russia

    While Azerbaijan is unlikely to ever recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh or sign a treaty with Armenia concerning the contested territory, it is also unlikely that a war will break out over the territory’s status.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    What Is the Role of Russia in the Middle East Today?
    Alexey Malashenko June 14, 2011 RIA Novosti's Russian Angle

    Russia plays an extremely important role as mediator in the current Libyan conflict. If Moscow can succeed in this role, there would be a clear positive benefit to Libya and its neighbors.

     
  • Event
    Roger Cohen in Conversation With Karim Sadjadpour
    Karim Sadjadpour, Roger Cohen January 26, 2015 Washington, DC

    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will discuss his acclaimed new book, a moving memoir of his family’s long struggle with displacement, exile, anti-semitism, and apartheid, and how these same themes continue to haunt the contemporary Middle East.

     
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    What Fuels Global Jihadism?
    Karim Sadjadpour, Maajid Nawaz December 16, 2014 Washington, DC

    The recent Senate report about the CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists renews important questions about the most effective and ethical means to counter the threat of global jihadism.

     
  • Event
    The Crisis in Jerusalem
    Michele Dunne, Shlomo Brom, Khalil Toufakji December 8, 2014 Washington, DC

    Violent attacks and counter attacks in Jerusalem have escalated as access to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount has changed, raising the profile of the religious aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict alongside its nationalist and territorial dimensions.

     
  • Event
    Exploring the Prospects for Russian-Turkish Cooperation
    Dmitri Trenin, Memduh Karakullukçu, Nigar Ağaoğulları, Ümit Pamir, Alexey Malashenko, Evgeny Buzhinsky, Irina Zvyagelskaya, Pavel Shlykov October 16, 2014 Moscow

    Russia and Turkey share many important interests, providing them with opportunities for valuable collaboration and cooperation in their common neighborhood, which stretches from the South Caucasus and the Levant to Central Asia and Afghanistan.

     
  • Event
    Syria Transition Roadmap
    Alexey Malashenko, Radwan Ziadeh, Monzer Makhous, Osama Kadi April 17, 2014 Moscow

    As the conflict in Syria continues, opposition groups have put together a plan named the “Syria Transition Roadmap” that they hope will lead the country into the future.

     
  • Event
    Book Launch: Sectarian Politics in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey, Marc Lynch January 14, 2014 Washington, DC

    The spillover of Syria’s war into Lebanon and Iraq, combined with the widening involvement of Iran and Saudi Arabia, has spawned dire predictions of sectarian conflict engulfing the entire Middle East.

     
  • Event
    The al-Shabab Threat After Westgate
    Frederic Wehrey, Stig Hansen, Clinton Watts, Bronwyn Bruton December 17, 2013 Washington, DC

    The Somali terrorist group al-Shabab catapulted onto the international stage after its September attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

     
  • Event
    Film Screening and Discussion: The Baha’is of Iran
    Karim Sadjadpour, Rozita Riazati, Payam Akhavan September 12, 2013 Washington, DC

    In Iran’s three-decade history as an Islamic republic, no religious or ethnic minority has endured more persecution than members of the Baha’i faith.

     
  • Event
    North Caucasus Under the Spotlight
    Thomas de Waal, Alexey Malashenko, Jean-Francois Ratelle, Almut Rochowanski May 14, 2013 Washington, DC

    Since the Boston Marathon bombings, Russia’s relationship with its Muslim minorities has become the focus of intense scrutiny in the West.

     
  • Event
    Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Egypt
    Nathan Brown, Jonathan Brown, Jocelyne Cesari, Marwan Muasher May 8, 2013 Washington, DC

    The Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, and a host of state institutions dedicated to Islam are being reshaped profoundly by their growing involvement in politics, often in ways that are difficult to predict and even more difficult for their leaders to control.

     
  • Reviving Central Asia’s Religious Ties With the Indian Subcontinent? The Jamaat al Tabligh
    Bayram Balci March 19, 2015 Religion, State, and Society

    As a consequence of Russian and Soviet domination in Central Asia, local Islam has been considerably isolated from the rest of the Muslim world. However, the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 opened the door for the reestablishment of new relations between Central Asian Muslims and their brethren in other countries.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Will the Chechen Connection Lead to Ramzan Kadyrov?

    Putin and Kadyrov resemble Siamese twins, whose separation will result in complication for both of them, and thus for the country at large. Neither one of them stood to benefit from Boris Nemtsov’s death.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Chechen Connection?

    It is impossible to imagine Ramzan Kadyrov calling his subordinates and directly instructing them to commit the murder of Boris Nemtsov. However, the xenophobia and fear of the West characteristic of some segments of Russia’s Muslim community, including Muslims in the North Caucasus, creates a favorable climate for such acts.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Expanding Its Reach: ISIS and the Caucasus
    Alexey Malashenko March 3, 2015 Mark News Русский

    Many North Caucasus natives have joined the Islamic State, and some are returning home. If the socioeconomic and political situation in the region deteriorates and popular discontent increases, this may lead former Islamic State fighters to join the armed struggle.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    How Will Nemtsov’s Murder Change Political Life in Russia?

    In the wake of the murder of one of Russia’s most fervent opposition leaders, Boris Nemtsov, Russia remains less in a state of shock than in a state of confusion about what this means for the country’s future. Eurasia Outlook asked Carnegie’s experts to share their thoughts on how the event will change political life in Russia.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    The Egyptian Pope’s Risky Partisanship
    Johannes Makar February 26, 2015 عربي

    Pope Tawadros II, the main political voice of the Coptic community, has seemingly allied with President Sisi, but this comes at the expense of defending Coptic rights.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    What Is Behind the Sirte Tragedy?
    Alexey Malashenko February 24, 2015

    The ISIS cannot be defeated through military strikes only. The Islamic State is just a tip of the radical Islamist iceberg, which is firmly entrenched in the Muslim world.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Syrian Brotherhood’s Islamic State Challenge
    Raphaël Lefèvre February 11, 2015 Project on Middle East Political Science

    To avoid losing brigades to extremist rebel groups, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood must clarify their ideological stance toward a range of issues and disassociate themselves more clearly from extremist groups.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Mutual Escalation in Egypt
    Mokhtar Awad, Nathan Brown February 9, 2015 Washington Post

    Egypt may be upon a new and deadlier phase in which the extremists on each side fulfill their prophecies of a fight to the death between good and evil.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Does Islamic State Threaten Central Asia?
    Timur Toktonaliev, Alexey Malashenko February 6, 2015 Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) Русский

    Syrian jihad will not be replicated by Central Asian combatants returning home, but fundamentalist ideals are long-established in this region and will not go away.

     

Carnegie Experts on Religion

  • Mario Abou Zeid
    Research Analyst
    Middle East Center

    Abou Zeid is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on political developments in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

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  • Joseph Bahout
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Joseph Bahout is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. His research focuses on political developments in Lebanon and Syria, regional spillover from the Syrian crisis, and identity politics across the region.

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  • Alexander Baunov
    Senior Associate
    Editor in Chief of Carnegie.ru
    Moscow Center

    Baunov is a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of Carnegie.ru.

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  • Anouar Boukhars
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Boukhars is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. He is an associate professor of international relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

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  • Nathan Brown
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics.

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  • Thomas Carothers
    Vice President for Studies

    Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, comparative democratization, and U.S. foreign policy relating to democracy and human rights.

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  • Gilles Dorronsoro
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Dorronsoro’s research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan. He was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes.

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  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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  • Georges Fahmi
    El-Erian Fellow
    Middle East Center

    Fahmi is an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition, the interplay between state and religion, and religious minorities and citizenship.

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  • Lina Khatib
    Director
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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  • Alexey Malashenko
    Scholar in Residence
    Religion, Society, and Security Program
    Moscow Center

    Malashenko is the chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program. He also taught at the Higher School of Economics from 2007 to 2008 and was a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2000 to 2006.

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  • Mohammed Masbah
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Masbah is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is a political-sociologist whose work centers on Salafism, political Islam, authoritarianism, and youth movements, with a focus on North Africa.

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  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

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  • Stephen Tankel
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Tankel is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, where his research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, and the evolution of nonstate armed groups.

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  • Petr Topychkanov
    Associate
    Nonproliferation Program
    Moscow Center

    Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program.

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  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly.

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