Shia

The New Arab Regional Order: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Policy

Author: Mr Gregory Aftandilian This monograph examines the new Arab regional order that has emerged over the past few years and analyzes opportunities and challenges for U.S. strategic interests. The regional order encompasses: 1) an anti-Islamist grouping of countries that came about largely in reaction to Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt in 2012-2013; and, 2) …

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Iraq’s Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challenges and Options

Author: Dr Norman Cigar As America’s de facto co-belligerents who often share the same battlespace in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the presence and activity of Iraq’s Shia warlords and their militias have an impact on U.S. interests and policies at both the strategic and operational levels. The objective of …

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A Theory of Fundamentalism: An Inquiry into the Origin and Development of the Movement

Author: Dr Stephen C Pelletiere Islamic fundamentalism is growing at such a rapid rate that many believe it threatens to take over the Middle East. To prevent this, enormous resources have been summoned, not only from within the region, but in the West as well. Yet, for all the efforts to contain, if not turn …

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