President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

President Barack Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) Last night... Read more »

West Wing Week 4/11/14 or, “Love Never Ends”

This week, the President honored Equal Pay Day and signed two executive orders to support efforts to level the playing field for women, pushed for better access to skills-based high school training, hosted the Prime Minister of Tunisia, and traveled wi... Read more »

Furnish on Pew findings re: Islam

[ Charles Cameron presenting guest-blogger Timothy Furnish ] . . I’m delighted to welcome Dr Timothy Furnish as a guest-blogger here on Zenpundit. Dr Furnish has served as an Arabic linguist with the 101st Airborne and as an Army chaplain, holds a PhD in Islamic history from Ohio State, is the author of Holiest Wars: [...] Read more »

African Development Surge Could Play into AQIM Narrative

by Nathaniel Greenberg The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute recently released a report entitled “Terrorism in North Africa and the Sahel in 2012: Global Reach and Implications.” It contains important proposals for addressing some of the humanitarian crises inflicting the region (including in the Western Sahara, which continues to divide our largest allies in the region). But it also recommends moving forward aggressive deregulation and privatization initiatives that could amplify the predominant grievance—and […] Read more »

The Arab Constitutions 2012: Chaos and Strategy

by Nathaniel Greenberg The sudden vote on a new Constitution in Egypt has done little to stem tension in Egypt following the decree of President Mohamed Morsi to grant himself unilateral powers in driving the legislative agenda. In a live appearance on Egyptian television on Friday, Morsi attempted to address criticism that the January 25 revolution has been hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood. He singled out the two critical votes that led to an Islamist […] Read more »

Three from the avatar… Aaron Zelin

[ by Charles Cameron -- keeping up with Aaron Zelin on a good day can be quite a feat -- this post has taken me a few days to write! ] . Let’s start with this avatar business. I picked it up from Gregory Johnsen, who applied the term in a tweet a few days [...] Read more »

Is the Ansar al-Shariah Crackdown a True About Face?

by Nathaniel Greenberg The Libyan consulate bombing has drifted into the twilight world of murder mystery and conspiracy theory, a talking point for American political pundits, and major source of frustration for leaders in the region. In Cairo a militant from Libya suspected of having participated in the Consulate attack was killed when Egyptian authorities raided his hideout in Nasser City earlier this week. But it is doubtful that this action represents a true change […] Read more »

Launching the Equal Futures Partnership to Expand Women’s Political and Economic Participation

It is no secret that the world has yet to achieve the simple yet profound goal of ensuring equal futures for our daughters and our sons. Today, less than five percent of the world’s heads of state are women, and women make up just nineteen percen... Read more »

Film Protests Strengthen Extremists’ Hand

by Nathaniel Greenberg The Innocence of Muslims is not the first, nor will it be the last offensive depiction of Islam. Just today the French journal Charlie Hebdo released its new edition with an image of Mohamed in a wheel-chair being pushed by a farcical looking Hassidic Jew. Happy Rosh Hashanah! Most in the Muslim world are onto these games and understand that marketing gimmicks, like offending Muslims, help sell magazines and generate page views. […] Read more »

U.S. Did Tech Deals With Egypt and Libya While Embassies Burned

American foreign policy in the Middle East may have been hijacked by demonstrations and violent attacks that have besieged diplomatic outposts in the region. But judging from government contracts and solicitations issued while embassies were overrun and consulates smoldered, the business of the United States in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen remains business. Read more »