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The Quran Desecration and the Role of Religion in Conflict

April 10th, 2012, Expert Updates

This Peace Brief is based in part upon a closed-door roundtable convened by the United States Institute of Peace which drew on the expertise of scholars, practitioners, U.S. government officials, and the policy community to discuss the implications of the burning of the Quran.

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Middle East Security Lies in the Collective

March 1st, 2012, Comment & Analysis

The Middle East remains, in 2012, is the only region in the world without a region-wide security and cooperation framework. This deficit must be remedied.

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Why would Afghani citizens be so angry?

February 27th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

Media personalities everywhere have reflected on the Qur’an burning disaster in Afghanistan, and we have now officially reached the absurd point where conservative pundits blame everything on Afghanis themselves.

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MEDIA ALERT: Afghans protest NATO Quran burning

February 21st, 2012, Media Alerts

KABUL – Protesters demonstrated in front of an American air base after discovering that copies of the Quran had been burned at another air base. NATO commander John Allen says the burning was not intentional and a probe has been ordered. (Sources: CBS, AP) Analysts available for comment: Patricia DeGennaro, Ph.D. is a senior fellow at [...]

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MEDIA ALERT: Leaked NATO report on Taliban-Pakistan relations

February 1st, 2012, Media Alerts

The BBC has published excerpts from a secret NATO report which describe the Pakistan government’s support of the Taliban. Pakistan has dismissed the report.

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What to Do About Libya’s Stalemate?

June 9th, 2011, Comment & Analysis


The president of South Africa has been and gone. The United Nations is wringing its hands. NATO has said it will continue bombing, but Moammar Gaddafi has not announced his resignation. The rebels control Benghazi, but the government controls Tripoli. As of the end of April, the NATO bombardment had destroyed more than a third of Gaddafi’s military capacity but had not moved the front line at all. Hardly anything has changed since.

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