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Salafists Promote Anti-Shiite Ideology on Twitter

Mar 30, 2015
Sunni Salafists are using social media to promote anti-Shiite discourse, according to a new report by Genevieve Abdo, a nonresident fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and a fellow in the Middle East/Southwest Asia program at the Stimson Center.

Saudi Arabia Forms Sunni Alliance Against Houthis

Mar 27, 2015
Saudi Arabia has responded to the rise of Yemen’s Houthi rebels – a Shiite movement backed by Iran – by forming a 10-nation Sunni military alliance against them, according to David Ottaway in the latest edition of the Wilson Center Middle East Program’s Viewpoints series.

Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes in Yemen, Iran Reacts

Mar 26, 2015
On March 26, Saudi Arabia began conducting airstrikes in Yemen against the Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite movement that has controlled the capital city Sanaa since September 2014.

Yemen's Islamists on Mosque Attacks

Mar 23, 2015
On March 20, suicide bomb attacks on two Houthi Shiite mosques killed at least 135 people and injured more than 300 others in Sanaa, Yemen.

Ennahda Condemns Bardo Attack, ISIS Claims Credit

Mar 20, 2015
On March 18, militants attacked the Bardo Museum in Tunis and killed more than 20 people, most of whom were European tourists. The attack drew strong condemnation across Tunisia, including from Islamists.

Kerry, Carter on US Strategy Against ISIS

Mar 11, 2015
On March 11, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter discussed U.S. strategy against ISIS before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Report: Unpacking the Details of ISIS Ideology

Mar 11, 2015
The Islamic State’s ideology is rooted in jihadi-salafism, a distinct movement in Sunni Islam, according to a new report by Cole Bunzel at the Brookings Institution.

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.

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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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