The Syrian military and political quagmire has been greatly exacerbated by foreign interventions. This is due to the failure of foreign powers to adequately understand the manifold nature of the Syrian conflicts, or the variety of competing ideologies of different groups. As a consequence, the Western approach has been a military one, despite the fact […]
Diplomatic relationships and partnerships between Turkey and the countries in Central Asia started after the republics gained independence in 1991. The Central Asian republics, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, share many common trends and developments along with distinctive political, economic and social characteristics that affect the development of relationships with Turkey. While the […]
What can be the reasons of terrorism, the spread of violence, popularity of extremist interpretations among contemporary Muslims? We think that it would be more accurate to argue that the psychological and sociological factors in comparison with political and socio-economic play more important role in the emergence of unprecedented violence among Muslims.
The ongoing conflict in Syria and the Kurdish struggle in the northern part of the country have triggered increased participation of Kurdish youth in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The Turkish government, initially, did not perceive this as a domestic threat because of the ongoing peace process. However, with the latest resurgence of conflict in […]
Rethink Institute has launched a new research program, Future of Islam, to debate and address the most critical questions, share ideas, and offer solutions to salient issues related to the future of Islam and Muslims. Forum on the Future of Islam has been established as the deliberative component of the program whereby prominent experts and leaders meet […]
The war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the breakdown in diplomatic ties is bad news for President Hassan Rouhani and his efforts to bring Iran out of isolation. It also threatens to escalate the sectarian tensions pushing the region deeper into crisis. The 3 January mob attack on the Saudi embassy in […]
Turkey’s spat with Russia is not a spontaneous act. The recent tensions will hurt coalition efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh), delaying a diplomatic solution in Syria.
Xenophobia, an irrational fear of people from other countries, and Islamophobia, anexaggerated hostility toward Muslims and Islam,appear to be on the rise in both Europe and the United States.