Religion

 
  • 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.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Kyrgyzstan: A Primer
    Martha Brill Olcott April 9, 2010 NPR

    Public hostility toward the Kyrgyz government escalated over the past weeks, leading to the recent street protests and demonstrations that seem to have topped the government of President Bakiyev.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Event
    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.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    What Is the Future for Donbas?
    Alexey Malashenko, Balázs Jarábik, Andrei Kolesnikov January 27, 2015

    This past weekend’s intensified fighting and shelling in southeastern Ukraine, from Donetsk to Mariupol, escalated the Ukraine crisis to a new level. As more people die, political negotiations and eventual diplomatic compromise look less and less likely. What, under these circumstances, does the future hold for Donbas?

     
  • 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.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Nazarbayev as Mediator
    Alexey Malashenko January 21, 2015

    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has managed to use the Ukraine crisis as a sort of stepping stone to elevate his international profile and Kazakhstan’s geopolitical status.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Ramzan Kadyrov as a Federal-Level Politician

    Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic in the North Caucasus, is now firmly entrenched in Russian politics at the federal-level, and it appears that he is there to stay, because Putin and Kadyrov really need each other.

     
  • Syria in Crisis
    Is Sisi Islam’s Martin Luther?
    Michele Dunne, Katie Bentivoglio January 16, 2015

    Despite his call for a “religious revolution” in Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s gestures fit into a pattern of instrumentalizing religion for political purposes. Religious freedom under Sisi’s presidency may not be worse than it was under Mubarak or Morsi, but it is certainly no better.

     
  • Op-Ed
    In, and Out, of the Ghetto
    Christophe Jaffrelot January 15, 2015 Indian Express

    The socio-economic situation of India’s largest minority translates differently in different cities, because the standard of living is not the only variable to consider when trying to explain the urban geography of a community.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    What the Anti-Terrorist Rally Demonstrated

    An optimal model for the painless existence of Muslims in an alien cultural and religious environment has not yet been found and is unlikely to appear in the near future. In essence, Europe is dealing with a conflict of identities, which continues to increase.

     
  • Op-Ed
    ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Is Not a Photo-Op
    David Rothkopf January 14, 2015 Foreign Policy

    The Paris attacks signal an opportunity and an urgent reason to find a more effective way to combat terror.

     
  • Op-Ed
    ‘Reconversion’ Paradoxes
    Christophe Jaffrelot January 7, 2015 Indian Express

    The BJP has a majority in the Lok Sabha, which could enable it to revisit the subject of outlawing conversion in the context of an increasingly adverse attitude towards Christianity.

     
  • Article
    Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa and the Search for Moderation
    Raphaël Lefèvre January 5, 2015 عربي

    To revive the Sunni authority’s long tradition of Islamic moderation, Dar al-Fatwa’s new leader must unite all of Lebanon’s Sunni community.

     

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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  • Anouar Boukhars
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Boukhars is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. He is an assistant 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, rights, and governance and on comparative democratization as well as an expert on U.S. foreign policy.

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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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  • Kristina Kudlaenko
    Program Coordinator
    Moscow Center
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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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  • 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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