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The Failure of Western Approach in Syria

The Failure of Western Approach in Syria

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 […]

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Turkey As Viewed From Central Asia

Turkey As Viewed From Central Asia

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 […]

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Curbing Extremism and Nurturing Moderation

Curbing Extremism and Nurturing Moderation

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.

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Resurgence of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: How Kurds View It

Resurgence of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: How Kurds View It

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 […]

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Forum on the Future of Islam

Forum on the Future of Islam

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 […]

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Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

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 […]

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Turkey-Russia Spat: What Does it Mean in the Long Term?

Turkey-Russia Spat: What Does it Mean in the Long Term?

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.

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Myth ­Busting: The Syrian Refugee Issue and Islamophobia

Myth ­Busting: The Syrian Refugee Issue and Islamophobia

Xenophobia, an irrational fear of people from other countries, and Islamophobia, an​exaggerated hostility toward Muslims and Islam,​appear to be on the rise in both Europe and the United States.

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