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A Conversation with Dr. Kenneth M. Pollack

Daniel Benaim interviews Kenneth M. Pollack, Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, on current complex topics relatedto the future of Iraq and Iran. 

Shamineh S. Byranji

The Pakistan Earthquake: An Agent of Social and Political Change

The changes accompanying the earthquake relief operation in Pakistan, and the influx of all forms of aid, have presented a window of opportunity for both negative and positive cultural transformation. 

Geoffrey Gresh

Processing Democracy: Turkey and the Kurds

Witha new wave of democratic reforms and outside assistance from the European Union in the past five years, the Turkish government and itsKurdish population have slowly initiated a process of reconciliation.

Conor McAuliffe

Tajikistan Peace Negotiations

Thefinal agreement between the government of Tajikistan and the Islamist-democratic opposition was a watershed event for the region: it represented the first and only time in history that Central Asia’s neo-Communist politicians were forced to share power with an Islamic political opposition.

Jonathan Thomas

The Dynamics of Globalization and the Uncertain Future of Iran: An Examination of Iranians in Dubai 

The dynamics of integration in Dubai demonstrate that the role of economic development and the forces of interdependency can be important moderating factors for a region seeking development and stability. 

Lorenzo Vidino

The Arrival of Islamic Fundamentalism in Sudan

Protectedby the most ideologically-driven factions of the Sudanese regime that gained power in a bloodless 1989 coup, al-Qaeda ran training camps, established operational ties with other terrorist organizations, conducted business activities, and planned attacks in other countries.