Report: Salafi Political Trends

Oct 15, 2014
Egypt’s Salafis, ultraconservatives whose views often seem at odds with democracy, actually hold a wide range of views on politics, secularism, and human rights, according to a report by Kent Davis-Packard at the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Middle East Countries Respond to IS Threat

Oct 09, 2014
The Islamic State (IS) poses a challenge to the broader Middle East as it consolidates authority in Iraq and Syria. But the situation is complicated by the multitude of regional actors using the crisis as an opportunity to pursue their own domestic and political agendas.

Ghannouchi: Middle East at Crossroads

Sep 29, 2014
On September 29, Sheikh Rachid al Ghannouchi argued that the Middle East is at a crossroads rather than in a crisis. On one hand, the region is experiencing a rise in extremism and instability, but it is also moving “towards democracy, development and progress,” he said at the United States Institute of Peace.

Obama on ISIS at United Nations

Sep 24, 2014
On September 24, President Barack Obama called on the international community to confront religious extremism that has led to the growth of groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).

Muslims Against ISIS Part 1: Clerics & Scholars

Sep 24, 2014
Prominent Muslim clerics, scholars and activists have condemned the establishment of a caliphate by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now known simply as the Islamic State.

Muslims Against ISIS Part 2: Islamist Leaders

Sep 24, 2014
Leaders of mainstream Islamist political parties and even the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda affiliates have denounced the extremist group.

Muslims Against ISIS Part 3: Open Letter to al Baghdadi

Sep 24, 2014
More than 120 leading religious scholars and academics from across the Muslim world have issued an open letter to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The 17-page document condemns 24 acts committed by the extremist group that are in violation of Islam.

New Coalition Against ISIS

Sep 11, 2014
On eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, President Barack Obama outlined a four-part strategy for destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now known simply as the Islamic State (IS).

ISIS’s Mortal Threat to Women

Sep 10, 2014
The Middle East Program at the Wilson Center collected thoughts on the threat to women posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from contributors in the Middle East and the United States.

Challenges for Algeria’s Islamist Parties

Sep 02, 2014
Algeria’s Islamists have had limited political success since the Arab Spring, especially compared with the initial electoral gains by Islamists elsewhere in the Middle East. The main problem is their own political rivalry.