Category: Islamists

 Course Correction? Saudi Arabia’s export of Salafist ideology

     

  Throughout 2016 and 2017, statements from Riyadh suggested that Saudi Arabia might be on the verge of reorienting its decades-long promotion of Salafism around the world, according to a… Read more »

Iran ‘a powder keg’: Protests ‘strike at heart of regime’s legitimacy’

     

  The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened the U.S. and its allies Monday as he addressed a pro-government demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people denouncing last week’s… Read more »

Turkish attack endangers Kurds’ resilient ‘democratic experiment’

     

  The Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds, argues James L. Gelvin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Syrian… Read more »

The ‘real anti-system candidate’ set to curb foreign funds, remake Tunisian politics

     

Law professor Kais Saied, an independent candidate who did little campaigning, was projected to win a landslide victory (The FT reports, HT:CFR) in the country’s presidential election. Saied, a social… Read more »

Iraq’s ‘wobbly democracy faces most dangerous moment yet’

     

The streets of Baghdad were silent Tuesday after a week of peaceful protests — against corruption, unemployment and lack of basic services — turned deadly. More than 100 people were… Read more »

Great power competition in MENA follows ‘ineffectual’ democracy promotion?

     

Over the last few years, a crisis of legitimacy has beset the liberal international order. In the context of global reassessment, the configuration of regional orders has come into question,… Read more »

‘Coups and Revolutions’: non-state actors, dysfunctional states impede Arab democracy

     

The slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “has become the symbol of our collective moral conscience, the voice for the voiceless in the Middle East,” his fiancée Hatice Cengiz wrote in… Read more »

Renewing the promise of reconciling political Islam and democracy?

     

  Jamal Khashoggi and I disagreed on almost all political issues, but we agreed on one thing: that the Arab world had profoundly changed in ways that rendered the old… Read more »

Tunisia: populism and cronyism risk ‘slide toward authoritarian tendencies’

     

Tunisia’s hopeful transition to a democratic future faces a new challenge. Voters in the country have delivered a sharp rebuke to their political elite. In the first round of presidential… Read more »