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Europe Politics

Turkey’s influence network in Europe is leading to tension

President Erdogan uses Turkey religious network in Europe to expand the government monitoring of opposition figures and gain popular support.

Politics South and Central Asia

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws creating political and economic problems

Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws are dividing the country and are creating a range of political and economic problems.

North America Politics

The GOP and campaigning with Islamophobia

Farid Hafez, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and member of the board of advisors of the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, provides this guest analysis. In recent weeks, audiences

Economics Middle East/North Africa

The deceptive nature of Israel-Turkey relations

Although Israeli-Turkish political ties are fragile at best, the two countries have continued to enjoy increased bilateral trade ties. Within the rarefied circle of international relations, that Turkey and Israel

International Politics

Flags carry political risk

The renewed debate in the United States over the Confederate flag has shown how flags can carry political risk for national and local governments. In the globalized era, it is more

Middle East/North Africa Security

Violent sectarianism on the rise in Algeria

Recently, the southern Algerian province of Ghardaia was the scene of intense clashes between Arab and Berber communities. Many Algerians are now demanding that the government do more to address

Europe Politics

Growing Islamophobia heightens political risk for Europe

Amid the high tension in Europe, populist parties will use Islamophobia to increase their political influence. This troublesome trend will only bring about greater political risk for the continent. Islamophobia

Europe Finance

Islamic finance expands with British sukuk

The British government recently issued its first sukuk, a financial certificate compliant with Islamic law. As Islamic finance becomes more mainstream, other European governments could follow suit. This summer, the British

Asia Pacific Security

Ethnic violence hurts FDI in Myanmar

Communal violence between Buddhist and Muslim residents of Mandalay, Myanmar’s second biggest city, shows how ethnic tension remains a key obstacle to civil peace in the country. Mandalay was placed

Europe Politics

Can an EU in Crisis Handle the Radical Right?

As the EU faces internal crises, will Brussels be able to deal with the rise of Europe’s radical right parties that are gaining ground in various states.  Extremist far-right parties