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
    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.

     
  • Event
    The Russia-Middle East Connection: The Arab Spring and its Impact on Russia’s Muslims
    Paul Salem, Alexey Malashenko April 12, 2013 Beirut

    Since the Arab Spring first broke out in December 2011, Russian policymakers have viewed regional developments with unease. They now wonder what rising Islamist parties in the Middle East will mean for Russia's relationship with its own Muslim minority.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Sisi’s Moralism
    Jannis Grimm December 19, 2014 عربي

    The Sisi government’s crackdown on perceived immorality is the latest attempt to instill in Egypt a state-sanctioned interpretation of Islam.

     
  • Article
    The Coptic Church and Politics in Egypt
    Georges Fahmi December 18, 2014

    The Church is trying to revive its former role as the sole political voice of Egypt’s Copts. But that position carries real risks for the Church and the country’s Christians.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Modi’s Diplomacy: Yoga, Democracy, and India’s Soft Power
    C. Raja Mohan December 15, 2014 Indian Express

    The United Nations General Assembly recently declared an annual International Day of Yoga. This small step underlines the immense possibilities for projecting India’s soft power under Modi.

     
  • Article
    New Leaders for the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood
    Raphaël Lefèvre December 12, 2014 عربي

    With its 2014 leadership election, the Islamist group signaled that it is opening a new chapter. But some young members wanted to see even greater change.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Grozny Attack—What’s Next?
    Alexey Malashenko December 11, 2014 Русский

    The terrorist attack that shook Grozny during the night of December 4 has put in question the authorities’ ability to control the situation in the North Caucasus, even in the seemingly stable Chechen Republic.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Everyday Sectarianism: The Paradox of an Anti-Islamic State Ally
    Frederic Wehrey December 3, 2014 Foreign Policy عربي

    Saudi Arabia has institutionalized sectarianism in virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Buddhism
    C. Raja Mohan December 3, 2014 Indian Express

    In his outreach to leaders in the subcontinent and Asia, from Nepal to Japan and China to Myanmar, Modi has projected Buddhism as one of India’s bridges to these nations.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Pakistan’s Minorities Under the Shadow of Fear
    Petr Topychkanov November 13, 2014

    Pakistani religious minorities live in fear. This fear can only abate through the Pakistani government’s consistent and tough policies directed at the softening of the blasphemy law and cracking down on any attempts of vigilante justice.

     

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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  • Ashraf El-Sherif
    Nonresident Associate
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program

    El-Sherif is a nonresident associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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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. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

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