Religious Extremism

  • Reintegration Strategy for Boko Haram Deserters Challenge for West Africa

    April 02, 2021

    State leaders across West Africa face complex policy challenges with strategic implications in regard to reintegration mechanisms for deserters from Boko Haram jihadist cells, as deradicalization and social integration requires a combined local and regional approach

  • Saudi Arabia’s Campaign in Middle America

    March 30, 2021

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has hired an Iowa-based lobbying and public relations firm to build Saudi influence across middle America and to rebrand the KSA as a purveyor of "moderate Islam cooperating in the war on Islamist terror" as well as an essential investor in America's higher education, commercial, and arms sectors.

  • Jihadist Groups Wary of China's Global Geopolitical Assertiveness

    March 30, 2021

    Various Jihadist groups are in opposition to China's assertive global geopolitical dominance, as China's Belt and Road Initiative (BR)I) and its repression of Uighur Muslims has intensified regional and international jihadists organizations awareness of Chinese soft and hard targets domestically and internationally. 

  • Turkey Seeks Balance Between Global Islam and Economic Constraints

    March 26, 2021

    According to the Monohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, Turkey’s political leadership is using tactical diplomatic maneuvers to win Transatlantic support, including lifting of economic sanctions for human rights violations and rogue state behaviors.

  • Neo-Ottoman Domestic & Foreign Policy Pushed in Turkish Textbooks

    March 26, 2021

    A recent study of Turkish school textbooks revealed Turkey's state-controlled public school curriculum is weaponizing Islamism for achieving a domestic nationalist project defined by Turkish ethnicity supporting a neo-Ottoman foreign policy of "Turkish world domination. »

  • Swiss Referendum on Burqa Ban Evokes Backlash from Islamic Groups

    March 17, 2021

    Swiss voters narrowly approved a ban on facial coverings in public, evoking strong condemnation from the country’s Federation of Islamic Organizations and Central Council of Muslims, which argued that the ban targets the Islamic burqa and therefore discriminated against the country’s Muslim population. 

  • UN: Taliban Consolidating Power Over Jihadists in Central Asia

    March 10, 2021

    The UN Security Council has released a report that the Taliban has consolidated its control inside Afghanistan over the local al Qaeda affiliate, as well as within key jihadist groups operating across the geopolitically crucial states of Central Asia, highlighting the ineffectiveness of the Doha Peace Agreement brokered by the US for a Taliban-Kabul government power-sharing arrangement.

  • Tunisia’s Islamist Extremism Problem

    March 02, 2021

    The Washington Institute reports that Tunisia is now focusing on counter radicalization programs as Islamist extremism has deep and continuous historical roots in the country, combining features of active financing and participation in global jihadist activities in Europe and Asia with socially embedded welfare services operations.

  • Turkey's Islamist Influence Grows in Africa

    March 02, 2021

    The Africa Report writes that Turkey’s Islamist government has accomplished its strategic goal of becoming a major geopolitical actor in Africa, using a combination of economic hard power incentives and religious-cultural soft power through mosque construction to develop a continent-wide profile that is designed to expand the longterm influence-building goals across Africa.

  • Egypt's Textbook Reform Highlights Islamist Radicalization

    March 02, 2021

    Egypt's Ministry of Education has begun the implementation of textbook reforms in public schools as part of a larger curricular overhaul that lays bare the Islamist radicalization potential in the education system.

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