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Women's Rights in the Middle East 2015

Mar 06, 2015
To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center compiled viewpoints from more than 40 female activists, academics, and politicians about the outlook on women’s rights in the Middle East.

Report: ISIS Has At Least 46,000 Twitter Followers

Mar 06, 2015
According to a new report by J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan at the Brookings Institution, ISIS has at least 46,000 Twitter followers, and one fifth use English as their primary language.

James Clapper: Sunni Extremism Gaining Momentum

Mar 02, 2015
On Feb. 26, 2015, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee on global threats to the United States.

Kerry: Agenda to Counter Violent Extremism

Feb 19, 2015
On February 19, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined an “action agenda” at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Kerry emphasized the need to highlight community-led efforts worldwide that can prevent terrorist recruitment and infiltration.

Obama on Countering Violent Extremism

Feb 19, 2015
On Feb. 19, 2015, President Barack Obama addressed a group of foreign ministers at the State Department as part of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

Obama: The US is Not at War With Islam

Feb 19, 2015
On Feb. 18, 2015, President Barack Obama delivered remarks at the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. He called for greater tolerance and acceptance of Muslim Americans, but also underlined the need to effectively combat extremist violence.

The West and Muslim World: Partnering to Fight Extremism

Feb 18, 2015
Attacks by violent extremists have been on the rise since 2010, and most victims are Muslims. This trend demonstrates that the Muslim world is not pitted against the West in an ideological "clash of civilizations," but that the Muslim world is facing a more complex struggle for the future of Islam, according to Anthony Cordesman’s new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Kerry on Countering Violent Extremism

Feb 18, 2015
On January 23, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about Islamic extremism at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.  They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

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