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Regional Roundup: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka

CGP’s Kamran Bokhari talks with Dr. Christine Fair, a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. , about the rapidly evolving geostrategic situation in South Asia. Dr. Fair is the author of “In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.” On Afghanistan, Fair says, the Trump administration is continuing talks with the Taliban but is looking for a way to disengage in Afghanistan in...


India & Pakistan in Uncharted Territory

CGP Director of Governance in Muslim-Majority States, Dr. Kamran Bokhari speaks with Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President of the Asia Center at the United States Institute of Peace, about the unprecedented escalation in the conflict between India and Pakistan. Yusuf, author of “Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: U.S. Crisis Management in South Asia,” notes that the ebb and flow of tensions between the two South Asian rivals is nothing new. The last true paradigm shift between...


Tackling the Threat of White Extremism

Dr. Kamran Bokhari, the Director of the Center for Global Policy’s program on Governance in Muslim-Majority States, sat down with Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, author of “The Extreme Gone Mainstream,” to discuss the rise of far-right or white supremacist nationalism. Miller-Idriss is a professor of education and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education at American University. Miller-Idriss says that...


Islam, America & Liberalism

The Center for Global Policy’s Director of Governance in Muslim-Majority States program, Dr. Kamran Bokhari, sat down with Mustafa Akyol of the Cato Institute to discusses his recent op-ed in The New York Times about the dynamic nature of Islam in Western societies. The title of Akyol’s piece in the NYT, “The creeping liberalism in American Islam,” was a play on words based on the fear of “creeping sharia” among some Westerners. Akyol argues that while there are many bad things being done in...


The Iraqi Shia Post-ISIS Caliphate

The Center for Global Policy’s Director of Governance in Muslim-Majority States program, Dr. Kamran Bokhari, sat down with Geneive Abdo to discuss the status of Iraq's majority Shia community in the aftermath of the collapse of the ISIS Caliphate. Ms. Abdo, a prominent Middle East expert, is currently Resident Scholar at the Arabia Foundation where she specializes in political Islam and Iranian geopolitics. She is also a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George...


The Muslim Brotherhood and American Muslims

The Center for Global Policy’s Director of Strategy and Programs, Dr. Kamran Bokhari, sat down with Prof. Peter Mandaville to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood's many incarnations and how concerns about the group have affected policies and conversations about Islam in the United States. Professor Mandaville, who has worked for the State Department in senior advisory capacities, is a professor of international affairs at George Mason University, a senior research fellow at Georgetown University...


Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence and Deviance

Center for Global Policy Program Director Kamran Bokhari talks with National Defense University Professor and CGP Senior Fellow Hassan Abbas about his latest book, which covers the development of the Pakistani nuclear program and its role in the spread of nuclear technology. Abbas, author of "Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence and Deviance," sheds light on the reasons Pakistan chose to develop a nuclear bomb, how it did so without being detected, and what some of the...


Challenges to Managing Nuclear Crises

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Russia & Turkey in Syria and their Broader Shared Geopolitical Space

Center for Global Policy Senior Fellow Kamran Bokhari talks with Ariel Cohen, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, about Russia's intervention in Syria and its broader regional and international implications. First, Cohen explains that Turkey is working to distance itself from the liberal West, including the United States -- a project that has been going on for at...


Is A Two State Solution Viable Under the Trump Administration? A View from Israel

CGP's Kamran Bokhari sits down with Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its potential outcomes and repercussions. Halevi says he does not believe that U.S. President Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has had any salient effect on the situation. He notes that since Trump's decision, a conventional wisdom has emerged that the two-state solution is dead,...


Hindu Nationalism and Islamist Radicalism in South Asia

CGP's Kamran Bokhari talks with CGP Senior Fellow Muqtedar Khan about the rising tensions between Hindus and Muslims amid the rise of right-wing Hindu nationalism in India. Khan points out that Hindu nationalism has been a factor in India for a long time. However, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power, Hindu nationalists have become newly emboldened. Khan says the BJP is a front for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh, which he calls the Hindu version of the Muslim Brotherhood. As part...


The Geosectarian Imbalance in Post-Mosul Iraq

CGP senior fellows Kamran Bokhari and Hassan Abbas discuss the current situation in Iraq, with a focus on sectarianism and the status of Mosul. Abbas, who is also a professor of international security affairs at the National Defense University, draws on his knowledge of Iraq, field work and conversations with Iraqi insiders to explain the complexities of Iraq in general and Mosul in particular. From the outside, Mosul looks like a Sunni city that was liberated from Daesh, or ISIS, by a...


The Authoritarianization Effect of Transnational Counterterrorism

Kamran Bokhari and Sahar Aziz, two senior fellows with the Center for Global Policy, discuss transnational counterterrorism and how it has created a shift toward authoritarian ideas in the West. Aziz -- an expert on national security, civil rights and Middle Eastern law -- posits that the United States' close work with authoritarian regimes on counterterrorism efforts has led to a contagion of authoritarian ideas, and that Washington should put strict conditions on its cooperation with these...


"Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East & South Asia"

CGP's Kamran Bokhari talks with Saira Yamin, a CGP senior fellow and professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, about civil-military relations and their effects on governments in South Asia. Though much of the world has moved away from military regimes, the process of democratization is not an easy one, and militaries still have the upper hand in many Muslim countries. Historically, Yamin says, militaries in post-colonial states are seen as the strongest and...


Gender and Violent Extremism Across American Societies

Center for Global Policy Senior Fellow Kamran Bokhari talks with Mariam Durrani, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, about American Muslims, patriarchy and violent extremism. Durrani says that when people discuss the American Muslim community, the focus tends to be on cultural differences rather than on the major role patriarchy plays in Muslim society. Many issues get sidelined or ignored in part because the focus is on prejudice against Muslims overall and in part because women do...


Where is Egypt Headed?

Political analyst H. A. Hellyer, author of "A Revolution Undone: Egypt's Road Beyond Revolt" and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, joins Center for Global Policy Senior Fellow Kamran Bokhari for a conversation about Egypt after the Arab Spring. Hellyer says his book came about when he found that analysts outside the country who were reporting and analyzing Egypt's political instability were missing some nuances. He says his book is not a definitive analysis but does...


Deconstructing Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood with Eric Trager

CGP Senior Fellow Kamran Bokhari talks with Eric Trager, the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute, about the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Trager is the author of "Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days" and was in Egypt during the 2011 uprising against then-President Hosni Mubarak. In this podcast, Trager dispels the idea that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate Islamist movement. He calls the group "a totalitarian cult" and...


The Longest War in US History

Christopher Kolenda, senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy, answers questions from CGP senior fellow Kamran Bokhari on current political and security conditions in Afghanistan. Kolenda, who has first-hand experience in fighting alongside Afghan forces, discusses the government forces' capabilities and challenges as well as the militant landscape in Afghanistan and how regional interests shape the situation in the country. Kolenda says the main militant groups in Afghanistan are the...


Islam and Politics: A Spectrum

Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, talks with CGP Senior Fellow Kamran Bokhari about Islamism and the role of the Islamic faith in politics and public life.


Radicalization in the Age of ISIS

Akil N. Awan -- CGP Senior Fellow and associate professor in modern history, political violence and terrorism at Royal Holloway, University of London -- discusses radicalization in the age of ISIS, the foreign fighter phenomenon, and what Western societies can do to help address radicalization. For more information on this subject, including policy recommendations, please download Awan's policy brief: