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Doreen S. Denice

Towards the Eradication of Child Labor in Pakistan

In Pakistan, a country where roughly half of the child population lives below the poverty line, child labor is a pressing and deeply entrenched phenomenon. 

Andrew Finkelman

The Constitution and its Interpretation: An Islamic Law Perspective on Afghanistan’s Constitutional Development Process, 2002-2004

Among the many daunting challenges of nation building, the process of constitutional development has proved particularly obstacle-ridden. 

Joshua L. Gleis

National Security Implications of Al-Takfir Wal-Hijra

The radical Islamist movement Al-Takfir Wal-Hijra originated in Egypt in the 1960s as a radical off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Believing that much of the world is heretical, members of the movement adhere to a strict Salafi interpretation of Islam, and aim ultimately to return to what they consider to be a true Islamic society—the Islamic caliphate. 

Kafia Haile

The Psychological Battle For Iraq: Lessons from Algeria

InIraq today, despite President George W. Bush’s declaring an end to the war in Iraq, fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents continues to foster instability in the region. 

Anna Tiedeman

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting: Public Diplomacy or Propaganda?

Public diplomacy is heralded as the solution for winning hearts and mindsaround the world, but it is a rather vague and all encompassing term. Its goal is to educate, inform and engage foreign publics in an attemptto win their favor. States conduct public diplomacy in an attempt tosway foreign publics, who in turn could exert influence on their government’s foreign policy decisions.