October 21, 2017

Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection

In China, the Hui Salafi sect, and its links with Saudi Arabia, have a long and complex history. Read More »

New Rules for China’s War on Terror?

China still lacks national anti-terror legislation, but do laws really matter in an authoritarian state and in a region as militarized as Xinjiang? Read More »

How Deep-rooted are jihadists in Canada?

The jihadists have been making inroads among the Muslim youth in Canada. But despite overwhelming evidence documenting the spread of extremism among the youth, most Muslims are still in denial. Read More »

Cricket: South Africa May Have Already Replaced Kallis

While there is much talk about replacing Jacques Kallis as a bowler, closer inspection would reveal they’ve actually done so already, without even realizing it. It’s now about fine-tuning the resources and getting the best out of them before the 2015 World Cup. Read More »

The Roots of Radicalism in Kenya

The Kenyan government’s response to terrorism may have made the problem worse, says one researcher. The government, says the researcher, needs to create political space to permit expression of political frustrations and interests other than through the use of violence. Read More »

The Origins of Russia’s New Conflict with the West

Neither Russia nor the West expected such a deep – and for now irreparable – crisis in their relations. The West responded to the annexation of Crimea and to Russia’s egregious violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty with economic sanctions. Putin’s abrupt policy moves, aggravated by the sanctions, precipitated Russia’s economic and social decline. But the West has been unable to make ... Read More »

Bosniak Party Mulls Options After Bosnia Election Win

After Bosnia's main Bosniak party, SDA, won most votes in the general election, it is tipped to form a new state government with the two largest Serbian and Croatian parties. Read More »

Ukraine and Europe May Face Gas Crisis This Winter

Even with the established reverse flow capacity from Europe, accumulated gas in Ukrainian gas storages, and reduced consumption in the industrial sector due economic collapse and war in the east, Ukraine might still face a severe gas shortage this coming winter, risking the security of supplies to all of Europe. Read More »

Turkey’s Islamic State Challenge

Once the IS problem is defused, though, the conundrum of what to do with Assad will return. It is doubtful that the international community is really willing to pursue regime change in Damascus, so Turkey may have no choice but to soften its rhetoric and seek a diplomatic exit strategy from the Syrian quagmire.  Otherwise, the civil war could conceivably go on for years to come and continue to destabilize the entire region. Read More »

Latin America/Caribbean: Progress in Fight Against Hunger

Latin American and the Caribbean has shown most progress in reducing hunger, lowering the rate by almost two-thirds since the early 1990s. The region continues to be the region with the greatest inequality in the world; women in rural areas and indigenous communities have the highest rate of poverty and food insecurity. Read More »