Global Political Islam

  • Indonesia's Democracy Under Pressure from Diversity of Islamist Groups Committed to Sharia State

    September 25, 2019

    Indonesia's democratic polity faces growing pressures from both sides of the country's Islamist political spectrum, as pro-al-Qaeda groups view elections as a mechanism for gradually capturing the state, while pro-IS groups condemn democratic elections as secular heresy.

  • UNGA Becomes Turf for Turkey's Pitch on Kashmir and for Global Islamist Leadership

    September 25, 2019

    This week's opening of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has become the space for Turkey's Islamist President Recep Tayip Erdogan's latest pitch for leadership of global Islamist activism, highlighting that NATO member-states movement away from the country's Western alliance connections.

  • Saudi Arabia’s Mis-Treatment of Prisoner of Conscience Reflects Regime’s Unchanging Islamist Ideology

    September 23, 2019

    Saudi Arabia has been called out by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for its continuing mistreatment, including denial of medical care, of internationally known prisoner-of-conscience Raif Badawi.

  • NATO-Member Turkey Supports IS

    September 23, 2019

    NATO-member Turkey continues to support IS forces and other jihadist groups in their reconsolidation efforts in northern Syria, providing military materiel, logistical support and intelligence information, and open border crossings. 

  • Qatar Ramps Up Investment in Somalia as Intra-Islamic Competition Spreads in East Africa

    September 20, 2019

    The announcement by Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication of plans to finance port construction in Somalia as part of a broader economic development strategy in a state fighting various Islamic insurgencies and piracy signals the continuing competition among the  Arabian Gulf’s feuding Islamist theocratic regimes to penetrate East Africa, as Qatar and Saudi Arabia take the lead on using economic leverage to consolidate their brands of extremists Islamism in a transcontinental geopolitical moves.

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