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Death of a Spokesman: What Adnani's Death Means for ISIS

Decimating ISIS' senior leadership will mean little without robust attempts to undermine the appeal of the group's message.

Milo Comerford

01 Sep 2016

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What Is The State Of ISIS In Africa?

ISIS claims to operate in seven countries in the continent, where political and economic turmoil has proved conducive to violent radicalisation.

Ryan Cummings

15 Aug 2016

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Quranic Schools in the Sahel and the Radicalisation Risk

Amid a rise in extremist groups in this African region, students at Quranic schools are vulnerable to jihadi recruitment.

Rida Lyammouri

05 Jul 2016

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Sub-Saharan Africa's Extremist Hotspots

Data from the first four months of the Global Extremism Monitor reveals that extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa are as destructive as their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Emily Mellgard

24 May 2016

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Why Islamist Extremists Target Christians

The deadly Easter Sunday attack on a Lahore park has refocused attention on a community that has particularly suffered from jihadi violence.

Milo Comerford

14 Apr 2016

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week’s Roundup, as world leaders meet in New York, we look at the importance of understanding extremist ideology, and how the chaos of the conflict in Yemen has helped al-Qaeda’s branch in the country.

01 Oct 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup, we look at the implications of Russian engagement in Syria, and new research into the reasons that jihadi fighters defect from ISIS.

24 Sep 2015

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup, we examine the recent audio messages released by al-Qaeda's elusive leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the key themes contained in ISIS' latest propaganda magazine, Dabiq.

17 Sep 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week’s Roundup, we examine how ISIS is using the education system in the territories under its control to inculcate its ideology in the next generation, and explore the ideological underpinning of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

10 Sep 2015

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How ISIS Educates Extremism

ISIS is using its territorial control to educate a new generation of ideologically indoctrinated young people, inculcating an ideology that airstrikes are unable to destroy, writes Milo Comerford.

Milo Comerford

04 Sep 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week’s Roundup we examine what a Taliban biography of its new leader tells us about the challenges faced by the movement, and explore returning Islamist violence in Mali.

03 Sep 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the justifications ISIS provides for its destruction of ancient sites, including the Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra, as well as the plight of Assyrians in Iraq who are targeted by ISIS.

27 Aug 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the problem of radicalisation in prisons across Europe, indications that Boko Haram is growing closer to ISIS, and the extremist threat in South East Asia.

20 Aug 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we highlight the prevailing trends of sexual violence being used by ISIS and Boko Haram, and look at the persecution of Muslim communities in the Central African Republic.

13 Aug 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the pressures on the Taliban following the group’s announcement of Mullah Omar’s death, and threats to religious freedom in Sri Lanka posed by upcoming elections.

06 Aug 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the implications of the death of Mullah Omar for the Taliban's claims to religious authority, and the efforts to draw Tunisia's secularists and Islamists together.

30 Jul 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the context of Monday's suicide attack in Turkey, a spate of murders of Muslim religious leaders in Uganda, and the importance of data in responding to jihadi violence.

23 Jul 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at propaganda wars between Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS, the growing fight between jihadi groups in Libya, and what ISIS' new 'Caucasus Province' means for Europe.

16 Jul 2015

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The Caucasus: ISIS on Europe's Doorstep

ISIS recently accepted pledges of allegiance from jihadis in the Russian Caucasus, declaring the creation of 'Caucasus Province.' Mubaraz Ahmed looks at what this means for Russia and the rest of Europe.

Mubaraz Ahmed

13 Jul 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the strength of Hamas in Gaza, how ISIS gained a foothold in Egypt, the presence of Islamist groups in the Sahel, and the threat of extremists to the Philippines peace process.

09 Jul 2015

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Don't Be Surprised by ISIS Destroying History

To view the destruction of ancient sites and artefacts as the irrational acts of a death cult is to miss the point. Like its policies of genocide and enslavement, this is driven by clear goals and religious justifications.

Peter Welby

06 Jul 2015

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What You Need to Know About ISIS in Egypt

Egypt's Sinai region has witnessed a gradual escalation in levels of violence since 2011, mainly at the hands of the ISIS affiliated Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. Peter Welby explores the factors behind the group's rise.

Peter Welby

02 Jul 2015

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at recent attacks by Boko Haram in Chad, explore the ideological underpinning of ISIS, and analyse the roots of rising sectarian tensions in India.

02 Jul 2015

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Briefing Note: Jihadi Threat in Tunisia

June's ISIS-claimed attack in Sousse, following the Bardo Museum assault in March, shows the threat Tunisia faces from jihadism, and the extent of radicalisation in the country.

01 Jul 2015

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What is the Ideology Underpinning ISIS?

As consensus grows behind the need for an approach to ISIS that addresses its appeal as well as its military capability, Milo Comerford explores the group's ideological framework.

Milo Comerford

29 Jun 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at tensions between ISIS and the Afghan Taliban, the growing divide between peaceful and conflict-riven nations, and how poor governance can open the door to extremist groups.

25 Jun 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the changing rhetoric of Jabhat al-Nusra, the influence of Salafi-jihadi groups in Mali, and how the Kurdish Peshmerga are essential to defeating extremism in Iraq.

18 Jun 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the implications of Turkey's election results for the Muslim world, the presence of Caucasian fighters in Syria, and challenges faced by Hizbullah in Lebanon.

11 Jun 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the challenges facing Nigeria's new president, the roots of the crisis facing the Rohingya, and the prospects of renewed Afghan peace talks.

04 Jun 2015

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we draw together analysis on ISIS' latest propaganda magazine, a report on religion, conflict and the state in Iran, and how Hindu nationalism has shaped Pakistan's development.

28 May 2015

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Briefing Note: Plots, Conspiracies and Misinterpretations

The latest edition of ISIS' propaganda magazine, Dabiq, includes an unapologetic defence of its actions, including the sexual slavery of Yezidi women, and emphasises a 'duty' to migrate to the 'caliphate.'

22 May 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup we look at what the latest message from ISIS says about its ideological evolution, concerns over 'religious protection' laws in Myanmar, and the vulnerability of religious minorities in Pakistan.

21 May 2015

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Briefing Note: ISIS' Second Message of Weakness

After a defensive audio message in November 2014, the latest recording purportedly from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi contains a renewed call for migration to the 'caliphate.'

15 May 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup we look at the threat from ISIS in Malaysia, the origins of Mali's Islamist and separatist insurgency, and the security threat posed by Kenya's closing of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp.

14 May 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the threats to religious freedom from religiously motivated movements, the state of regional cooperation against Boko Haram, and responses to the jihadi threat in Lebanon.

07 May 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at how militants in Pakistan are utilising migration routes, and how international leaders are coming together in response to the threat from religious extremism.

30 Apr 2015

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Briefing Note: Global Response to Rise in Religious Violence

The debate over countering extremism is increasingly driven by those countries most affected by the violence, a trend which may influence international policymaking.

29 Apr 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the historical roots of sectarian identity in Lebanon and the increasingly sectarian nature of conflicts in the Middle East.

23 Apr 2015

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Briefing Note: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Role of the Caliph

Amid reports that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been wounded in an airstrike, thoughts turn to the role he plays as 'caliph' of ISIS and the implications in the event of his replacement.

23 Apr 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at Boko Haram's origins and ideology, the centrality of religion to the Taliban's claim to legitimacy, and the legal structures ISIS uses to control its territory.

16 Apr 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the strategy behind al-Shabaab's attack in Kenya, fears of rising religious violence against India's minorities, and what is known about Yemen's Houthi movement.

09 Apr 2015

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the themes of ISIS' latest propaganda magazine, the threats to the peace process in the Philippines, and the campaign against the Houthi movement in Yemen.

02 Apr 2015

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Briefing Note: ISIS' Rejection of the Nation State

The eighth edition of ISIS' magazine, released on 30 March 2015, emphasises its claim to universal allegiance and attacks the 'idolatry' of nationalism.

31 Mar 2015

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Briefing Note: Philippines Peace Process One Year On

As the Philippine military halts operations against Islamist separatists in Mindanao, over 120,000 people have been internally displaced by the latest disturbances.

30 Mar 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the upheaval in Yemen, the preparations for Nigeria's national elections, and the influence of Hindu nationalist groups in India's education system.

26 Mar 2015

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Briefing Note: Nigerian Elections and Boko Haram

Nigeria's national elections are on 28 March 2015; a process which has been influenced by a number of factors, including the impact of Boko Haram.

26 Mar 2015

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Briefing Note: ISIS Launches Yemen Attacks

As a series of coordinated bombings on mosques by ISIS in Yemen kills over 137, a close examination of the context of the group's presence in the country is required.

20 Mar 2015

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the threat Tunisia faces from jihadi networks, four years of Syrian civil war, and February's murder of Copts in Libya in the context of the history of persecution of the Coptic church.

19 Mar 2015

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Briefing Note: Boko Haram Joins ISIS

Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS, becoming the latest jihadi group to join the so-called 'caliphate'. This briefing note examines the implications and questions.

13 Mar 2015

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at ISIS' recent destruction of Iraq's pre-Islamic history, the emergence of jihadi groups in Libya as a 'third force' in the conflict, and the role of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria's civil war.

12 Mar 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at an account of life inside al-Qaeda, the state of religious minorities in Iraq, and efforts to stop jihadi groups becoming involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic.

05 Mar 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the evolution of extremist groups in Algeria, the turbulent situation in Yemen, and the varying responses to the White House counter-extremism summit.

26 Feb 2015

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At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we highlight commentary on the centrality of religious belief to ISIS' strategy and explore the idealised vision communicated in their recent propaganda.

19 Feb 2015

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Briefing Note: Fear and Attraction in ISIS Propaganda

This briefing note looks at what can be learnt about the vision and strategy of ISIS from analysing their recent propaganda.

16 Feb 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

This week's Roundup looks at the implications of the postponed elections in Nigeria, Boko Haram's attempts to become an international insurgency, and the Taliban's changing rhetoric in Afghanistan.

12 Feb 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup we look at responses to ISIS' brutality after their murder of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh, and the phenomenon of radicalised women travelling to Iraq and Syria.

05 Feb 2015

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Briefing Note: Tunisia's Democratic Transition

Four years after the revolution, as Tunisia completes its transition, this briefing note looks at the successes and challenges of the country's integration of Islamist politics into a democratic system.

03 Feb 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we feature a commentary on the role of Kurdistan in combatting extremism, and a look at religious freedom in India over Prime Minister Modi's first eight months in office.

29 Jan 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we feature a briefing on the context of Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon, and analysis on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Hungary.

22 Jan 2015

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Briefing Note: Boko Haram in Cameroon

In the wake of 18 January Boko Haram attack in Cameroon in which up to eighty people were abducted, this briefing note examines the legacy of Boko Haram attacks in the country.

20 Jan 2015

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Briefing Note: Dabiq and Inspire - Rivalry and Manipulation

Jihadi groups use online propaganda targeting impressionable youth to attract recruits and encourage violence. This briefing note examines the content of recent publications.

15 Jan 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, we look at the background to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as the growing challenges of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe.

15 Jan 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

After Wednesday's appalling assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, this week's Roundup draws together analysis on the Salafi-jihadi current behind it, and the need to build effective counter-narratives.

08 Jan 2015

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, after the horrific massacre of children in Pakistan provokes shock and outrage we analyse the emergence and ideology of the group responsible, the Pakistani Taliban.

18 Dec 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we look at the changing profile of French foreign fighters, as well as analysis on the interaction of politics and religion in Jordan and Bangladesh.

11 Dec 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup, we look at whether Friday's horrific bomb attack in Nigeria represents a change in the pattern of violence in the country. We also highlight how the recently released 2014 Global Terrorism Index can help to inform policy makers.

04 Dec 2014

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Briefing Note: Terror and Legitimacy in Nigeria

The attack on Kano’s Central Mosque on Friday 28 November 2014, while vicious on a scale rarely seen previously, is not necessarily a turning point in the ongoing battle to control Nigeria's religious narrative.

04 Dec 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week, Professor Philip Jenkins argues for an understanding of contemporary conflicts that draws from historical context, and Ambassador John Campbell considers the multiple political challenges facing Nigeria.

27 Nov 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we examine Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi's recent audio-tape as well as the importance of political candidates and religious leaders in ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria. We also highlight rising tensions in Jerusalem after recent brutal attacks, sectarian violence in Pakistan, and the Institute for Economics and Peace's new Global Terrorism Index released this week.

20 Nov 2014

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Briefing Note: The Temple Mount / al-Haram al-Sharif

High tensions continue to develop from controversy around the issue of access to the Temple Mount / al-Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem. The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics looks at the significance of the site, and its symbolic importance to conflict in the region.

18 Nov 2014

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Briefing Note: Nine Points on Baghdadi's Speech

On Thursday 13th November an audio recording of ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi was released by the group on social media networks. The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics identifies nine points that reveal the strategy and objectives of ISIS, including subtext, religious significance of the language and the effect that Muslim scholarly criticisms are having.

13 Nov 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In the Roundup this week we feature our new data section, highlighting the importance of assessing current data alongside the best expert analysis on religion and conflict. We interview Brian Grim, President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, on the importance of data in improving policy. Also featured is a backgrounder on the insurgency in Egypt led by the Salafi-jihadi group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, commentary on the latest events in Myanmar and articles on how neighbouring countries are being affected by the growth of ISIS.

13 Nov 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In a week that has seen violent outbursts in Jerusalem and the lynching of Christians in Pakistan under blasphemy laws, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics examines these issues and publishes interviews with Brian Grim on the importance of data in improving policy, Dr. Usama Hasan on the divergent theological arguments of ISIS, and a situation report from Jason Pack on Libya.

06 Nov 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

After a week that has seen Tunisia elect a secularist party, Egypt declare a three-month state of emergency after a bomb attack in Sinai, and Libya continuing to be rocked by fighting we bring together expert commentary and analysis on religion and geopolitics in this week's Roundup. This includes a wide-ranging interview with Jonathan Powell, the British Prime Minister's Special Envoy to the Libyan Transition, who speaks about the role of religion in peace negotiations in Libya and the wider region.

30 Oct 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The Roundup this week features several articles analysing the religious ideology underpinning ISIS propaganda. We also look at the alleged ceasefire between Nigerian authorities and Boko Haram, the increasing use of blasphemy laws in Pakistan and the challenges of inter-religious discord in the pluralistic societies of Indonesia and Myanmar.

23 Oct 2014

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Briefing Note: ISIS in Their Own Words

In this Briefing Note, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics examines the latest issue of the ISIS magazine, Dabiq. The magazine serves a dual-purpose: in making claims to Islamic legitimacy, ISIS seeks to rally the group’s supporters to its cause and in boasting of its victories, threaten its critics. We look at the ways in which these claims fail to stand up to scrutiny.

20 Oct 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

This week's Roundup discusses a number of perspectives on ISIS, including religious counter-arguments, and historical and political trends in the region, which have led to the current situation. We also look at positive counter-narratives to division and oppression in the Indian sub-continent and Lebanon, and the importance of education for security.

16 Oct 2014

At a Glance

Muslim Scholars Denounce ISIS 'Caliphate'

As ISIS dominates the world media and foreign fighters flock to join their fight, Peter Welby examines four publications by Muslim scholars that attack the religious authority ISIS claims for itself.

Peter Welby

14 Oct 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As more partners join air strikes against ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria, this Week's Roundup draws together analysis on the group's increasing influence in Africa and the Maghreb, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan. Meanwhile we look at the continuing violence in Yemen and how this has affected the country's vulnerable population.

09 Oct 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The threat posed by ISIS is determining policy for governments across the Middle East; we look at some of the complex issues this raises. Elsewhere, we examine the growing power of militant groups in Yemen and Nigeria and growing threats to religious freedom in South East Asia.

02 Oct 2014

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Briefing Note: ISIS and Religion

With the United Nations Security Council voting unanimously on 24 September to adopt a resolution emphasising the urgent need to tackle foreign fighters associated with ISIS and affiliated groups, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics provides an examination of the complex religious aspects of ISIS and the wider conflict.

25 Sep 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As the 69th United Nations General Assembly meets this week in New York and the Security Council agrees a resolution on foreign fighters and countering violent extremism, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics has produced a Briefing Note on the religious aspects of the ISIS conflict. On this theme, we also look at analysis on ISIS and Kurdish fighters in border towns and the new ISIS-affiliated group in Algeria. We also explore the Houthi occupation of the Yemeni capital Sana'a, a power sharing agreement that ends six months of political paralysis in Afghanistan and China's incarceration of Uighur academic Ilham Tohti under separatist charges.

25 Sep 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As world leaders discuss options for military intervention in Iraq and Syria, UN peacekeepers arrive in the Central African Republic, a sign of the ever worsening conflict in the country. This week’s Roundup also highlights analysis on the religious elements of a number of conflict situations in Asia and Africa.

18 Sep 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As President Barack Obama gives his speech on the American strategy for responding to ISIS, we examine the evolving characteristics of jihadi movements, and escalating religious conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Afghanistan and India, as well as new developments in existing contentious religious situations in Pakistan, Myanmar, the Philippines and Indonesia.

11 Sep 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

World leaders gathering at the NATO summit will discuss the ongoing threat from ISIS. This week we take a look at the factionalism of the global jihadi movement, the effect it is having on religious conflict around the world and the ongoing conflicts in Nigeria, Central African Republic and Thailand.

04 Sep 2014

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Briefing Note: Crisis in Libya

In this Briefing Note, we take a look at Libya and the recent escalations in a conflict which has continued since the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. We explore the domestic security challenges, the political deadlock and look at the international aspects of the conflict.

03 Sep 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As an indefinite ceasefire agreement is reached between Israel and Hamas, we also look at the developing situation in Libya, how Boko Haram continue to expand their operations in Nigeria and the worsening of the political deadlock in Afghanistan.

28 Aug 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Amid worldwide revulsion at the execution of journalist James Foley by ISIS, this week's Roundup examines the arguments raging about the sectarian drivers of the Middle East's conflict and the options for defeating groups like ISIS.

21 Aug 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As the global backlash against ISIS' atrocities grows, in this week's Roundup we look at how the militant group is exploiting sectarian division to legitimise their brutal violence. We also focus on rising religious violence across China, and the country's attempts to nationalise religious practice.

14 Aug 2014

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How ISIS Justifies Genocide

The plight of the Yezidi in northern Iraq demonstrates that ISIS' persecution of religious minorities has reached new levels of brutality. The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics considers the extreme understanding of Sharia that they use to justify their actions.

11 Aug 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

This week's Roundup brings together a number of analysis pieces about the persecution of religious minorities, particularly ISIS's treatment of Yezidis and Christians in Iraq. In Kenya, terror attacks are on the rise, and we feature an article examining the increasing influence of al-Shabaab in the country. We also look ahead to the presidential election this weekend in Turkey, and highlight a report into the ongoing dispute surrounding the Afghanistan election result.

07 Aug 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As violence continues on the ground in Gaza, this week's Roundup looks at the conflict and its effect on the wider region. Meanwhile, with the world media's attention elsewhere, fighting between rival militant groups in Libya worsens, with no end to the crisis in sight.

31 Jul 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

As election results are announced this week in Indonesia, we release our Situation Report on the country, with a commentary examining the risks to pluralism. Meanwhile, the conflict in Israel and Gaza continues to escalate; David Aaronovitch argues there is a solution, but it depends on negotiations without preconditions from either side. Also in the Roundup, analysis of the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Myanmar and the Central African Republic.

24 Jul 2014

At a Glance

The Look Ahead > July 19 - 25

A look ahead at what is happening in the world this week (19 - 25 July 2014)

18 Jul 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup we have brought together the best analysis of the ISIS situation in Iraq and Syria, the effect of the Syrian Civil War on Lebanon and the Israel/Palestine conflict.

17 Jul 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

This week's Roundup covers how the Indonesian elections have brought religion to the fore at an interesting time for the country. We also have some analysis on how religious groups are coming together in north east Syria; a backgrounder on Nigeria looking at the religious context of the country, and reports on the situation in Israel/ Palestine.

10 Jul 2014

At a Glance

The Look Ahead > July 5 - 11

A look ahead at what is happening in the world this week (5 - 11 July 2014)

04 Jul 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The fighting in Iraq and Syria continues to dominate the news, and this week's roundup pulls together the best commentary and analysis on that. Elsewhere, we have two takes on communal violence in India, and Buddhist militarisation in Myanmar.

03 Jul 2014

At a Glance

The Look Ahead > June 28 - July 4

A look ahead at what is happening in the world this week (28 June - 4 July).

27 Jun 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Events in the Middle East and Iraq continue to make headlines and we feature the latest commentary on this. The Roundup this week also covers significant stories that we have followed recently: the continuing conflict in Myanmar, where we have a situation report and commentary; we focus again on Boko Haram after further attacks in Nigeria; and we include reports on renewed discussions amid hopes for the recent peace agreement in the Philippines.

26 Jun 2014

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The Look Ahead > June 21-27

A look ahead at what is happening in the world this week (21-27 June 2014).

20 Jun 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Iraq continues to dominate this week's Digest, with events there reverberating around the region. We include a backgrounder on ISIS, and a report into the way that the group uses social media as an auxiliary to its military campaign.

19 Jun 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Events in Iraq this week have been dramatic and have developed rapidly. We focus on this in the Roundup as well as keeping focussed on security situation in Nigeria and look ahead to the run-off in the Afghanistan election.

12 Jun 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Global interest in China is reflected in this week's Roundup, which also reviews elections in Syria and Egypt.

05 Jun 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East and North Africa, went to the polls this week. We look at various aspects of the election and the situation facing the new President in a special section.

29 May 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The results of the Indian elections have drawn widespread comment and reaction this week, while the deteriorating situations in Nigeria and Syria continue to shock the world.

22 May 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

While the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics continues to monitor the situation in Nigeria, in many parts of the world it is election season.

14 May 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

This week has seen a lot of interest in Boko Haram. The Roundup includes a 'primer' on the organisation, commissioned for the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, and coverage of a massacre of Muslims in Assam.

08 May 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

There is special section of this week's Roundup devoted to Iraq, given the importance of the 30 April 2014 elections. Two other stories also particularly stood out to us; the ongoing crisis in Syria and the horror of the 230 abducted school girls in Nigeria.

01 May 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

There has been huge international reaction to Tony Blair's speech this week on tackling extremism. There is an urgent need for well-informed debate and analysis of conflict situations involving religion. We highlight several examples this week.

24 Apr 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

This week's Roundup highlights the importance of social media to the evolution of recent conflicts, pointing out a groundbreaking study by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence.

17 Apr 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The perception of conflicts in the Middle East, dealing with religiously motivated extremism, interest around the Indian general election and continuing concerns in the Central African Republic all feature in this week's Digest.

10 Apr 2014

At a Glance

Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

There are a number of countries in which religion is an important factor in the choices people make in going to the polls. This is true of various countries with elections at this time. We look at this and more in this week's Roundup.

03 Apr 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

Sometimes an article is written which has the potential to shift the ground of a debate and change the way people think. This week's Spectator cover story by Irshad Manji is just such a piece.

27 Mar 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup, the Financial Times takes an in-depth look at Islam in Malaysia, the New York Times profiles a Sunni activist in Saudi Arabia campaigning for the rights of the Shia minority, and the influence of Al-Qaeda is assessed from two different viewpoints.

20 Mar 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup, Aron Lund profiles Michael Aflaq, the founder of Baathism, the Financial Times reports jihadist chatter on the Crimean crisis, and various writers mark the third year of the Syrian civil war

14 Mar 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

In this week's Roundup, President Obama talks about the Middle East, the Economist looks at the role of the Orthodox churches in the Ukrainian crisis, Reuters reports the spread of the plight of the Rohingya community of Myanmar to Malaysia, and Foreign Policy examines the history of ethnic conflict in China

07 Mar 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The events in Ukraine do not fit the mould of a conventional religious conflict (if, indeed, there is ever such a thing). But concerns have already been raised about the way Jews have become a convenient scapegoat.

28 Feb 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

The purpose of this roundup is not just to bring you commentary and analysis from the usual reputable places, but also to alert you to blogs and news sources that you might not have considered. In this week's roundup we recommend several that look at the Middle East and the Muslim world.

21 Feb 2014

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Religion & Geopolitics Weekly Roundup

One role of the Religion and Geopolitics site is to provide readers with a regular roundup of the best commentary from around the world. These articles are reflective of the range of opinion we shall cover on this site, and though they will not always directly engage with the subject of religion and geopolitics, they will hopefully inform the debate.

06 Feb 2014

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