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April 18, 2017

The relationship between religion and politics has captured the attention of esteemed scholars; to explore this relationship in greater detail, the SAIS Review of International Affairs has released a special issue on The Future of the Religious Party.

At the issue release event, SAIS Faculty discuss the future of religious political parties around the world.

Featured Panelists:

Walter Andersen, Ph.D. - Administrative Director of the South Asia Studies Program

Allison Berland, Ph.D. - Lecturer in the...

December 4, 2015

FPI Studies in Policy:

For more than three decades, leading experts and scholars have addressed critical topics in foreign policy and security through the publication of independent, policy relevant analyses through the FPI. The FPI is proud to build on this tradition with the FPI Studies in Policy series, featuring monograph-length studies of politics, economics, and political economy that inform current international policy and security debates.The Foreign Policy Institute and FPI Fellow Ambass...

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post.

THE HAGUE — She was a redheaded rebel, the singer in the family, a trash-talking, tattooed 21-year-old wrapped up in a hip-hop dream of becoming Holland’s Eminem. Then Betsy found Allah.

After her sudden conversion to Islam last summer, Betsy — a name given by her family to protect her identity — began dressing in full Muslim robes. By January, the once-agnostic Dutch woman, raised in a home where the only sign of religion was a dusty Bible...

This article has been re-posted from the Huffington Post.

Before the security collapse in Mosul, the conventional wisdom among Iraq experts was that Iraq had two options to guarantee security when faced with challenges above the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF): the United States and Iran. Following this thinking, many of the critics of President Obama's reluctant show of support for Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki government argued that the slow U.S. response will force Al-Maliki to res...

The dispute over who controls oil in Iraq reflects internal Iraqi divisions that are about more than control over oil revenue. It is fundamentally a manifestation of the political struggle between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi federal government over the distribution of national wealth, the scope of Kurdish autonomy in the new Iraqi federal system, and the magnitude of authority and influence of the Iraqi federal government in the Kurdish territories. International buyers o...

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