The Caravan
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Issue 1203

The Islamist Ascendency to Power

Talking to Islamists in Power

by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Arab autocrats have been toppled, the Islamists have stepped forth.  Islamists have come to various degrees of power in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt.  Some prophesy an outcome in Syria destined to favor the Muslim Brotherhood if and when the Assad dictatorship is overthrown.

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Talking Terror with Islamists

by Bruce Riedelvia The Caravan
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

As America begins to talk to the new Islamist governments in Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab countries it will need to have two dialogues.

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by Leon Wieseltiervia The Caravan
Thursday, August 9, 2012

These are the most vexing questions of this historical moment, and I deny that anybody has the answers to them yet. Looking backward, I think that two observations can be made with some confidence.

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The Challenge of the “New Islamists:” How to Deal with Islamists Empowered through the Ballot Box

by Robert Satloffvia The Caravan
Friday, August 10, 2012

For more than two hundred years, the United States has talked with Islamists in power. What separates that historical experience with today’s challenge is that U.S.

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Engaging Fundamentalists

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The Caravan
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Given the growing strength and electoral triumphs of fundamentalists in the Middle East, many in Washington fear that the administration just can’t handle Islamists.

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Talking to Islamists - Israel's Choices

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Monday, August 13, 2012

The policy debate on the proper response to the challenges presented by the recent surge in Islamist power and influence in the Middle East is also a matter of geography.

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Turkey's Offer

via The Caravan
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

If the fight for Syria is the dominant issue in Turkish foreign policy, an observer can be forgiven the conclusion that Arakan is the second.

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Nothing to Talk About

by Marius Deebvia The Caravan
Wednesday, August 15, 2012


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Promoting Democracy, Promoting Change: European Lessons

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lessons from Europe can shed light on the challenge of Islamism in power. The experience of two world wars seemed to prove that Germans could never accept democracy. Yet Germany became an exemplary liberal democracy and the anchor for European stability.

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Their Time

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Diplomacy - not as some claim, journalism - is the second oldest profession. As such, a lot can go wrong. The upheaval in the Middle East, and the heightened drive for an Islamist Ascendency which it has propelled, require a reassessment of this art for the new century.

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by Fouad Ajamivia The Caravan
Thursday, August 16, 2012

These Islamists favored by the ballot box are not the Islamists of yore, hunted down by the mukhabarat (secret police).  This is not the Muslim Brotherhood of the 1940s and 50s – conspirators pledged to the destruction of the ru