The (Dis)Harmonies of Islam

Like any other spiritual or human endeavor, Islam is a plurality resounding in harmonies and, at times, disharmonies. I began learning about this faith and its people as a college freshman in 2001. As a journalism student at the University of Missouri, I was asked to reflect critically on media packages that paired footage of the terror attacks with

Leading the Way: Reflections on Women’s Leadership in Nigeria

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”                                                                  

Israel Plays its Trump Card

FOREIGN POLICY (Jan 20, 2017) –Past Fellow Neri Zilber explains how the Israeli government is anticipating the Trump Presidency.

At Last, Alexandria

One “is either a Cairo person—Arab, Islamic, serious, international, intellectual—or an Alexandria amateur—Levantine, cosmopolitan, devious, and capricious,” the scholar Edward Said once wrote.[1] I must be both. Over the past decade, I have had a love affair with Alexandria. Exit from the train station, and pop into a little toy taxi, a Russian-made

Jonathan Guyer in the Media

In the January issue of Le Monde Diplomatique, Fellow Jonathan Guyer examines the connections between fine and comic art in Egypt and the wider Middle East. “On the Arab Page” “That comics are often dismissed as childish gives contemporary artists more space to address politically disruptive topics,” he writes. The richly illustrated

The Young Trump

Read Past Fellow Andrew Rice’s excellent article in New York Magazine on Jared Kushner’s rise to unimaginable power.

Ivory Coast president says deal reached to end army mutiny

Past Fellow Robbie Corey-Boulet and Alexis Adele report for WCVB5 ABC on the deal reached by Ivory Coast President Alassane Quattara to end a two-day army mutiny, that renewed security concerns in the world’s top cocoa producer and Africa’s fastest-growing economy.

Neri Zilber: will scandal bring down Netanyahu?

Police Grill Benjamin Netanyahu on Corruption Charges THE DAILY BEAST, Jan. 2, 2017 – Past Fellow and Trustee Neri Zilber explains the seriousness of the investigations facing Israel’s formidable Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will scandal bring down the combative yet durable Netanyahu?