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    Experts weigh in (part 4): Is quietist Salafism the antidote to ISIS?

    A boy stands next to an electoral slogan of the Salafi political party Al-Nour that reads, "Together hand in hand we build the country through religion" outside a polling station in Toukh, El-Kalubia governorate, about 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Cairo (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh).

    Shadi Hamid argues that Salafis are often more theologically sophisticated than Muslim Brotherhood activists, which has implications for what types of arguments they’re likely to find persuasive. Beyond quietist and jihadi-Salafis, there is also a third option, of Salafis opting for the parliamentary process. Egypt, in this respect, could have been an interesting test case.

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    Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen: The moral questions

    REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub - Anti-Houthi protesters hold posters of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud during a demonstration to show support for Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, in the country's southwestern city of Taiz March 29, 2015. Saudi Arabia has rallied Sunni Muslim Arab countries in an air campaign to support Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who relocated to Aden in February and is now in Riyadh after leaving Yemen in the past week.

    Sultan Barakat examines the situation between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, given the ongoing airstrikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Barakat argues that Saudi leaders must consider moral questions to prevent a protracted war between the two countries. 

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    A soft deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks and a moment of truth for Obama's diplomacy

    P5+1 European Union officials and Iranian officials

    With a crucial milestone in the Iranian nuclear talks looming, Suzanne Maloney argues that what was intended as 'soft deadline' into a moment of truth for the tortuous negotiations and, by extension, for the Obama administration’s Middle East policy. Any failure to produce parameters for a credible bargain in this latest round of talks would reveal that the differences between the two sides are — for the moment, at least — fundamentally irreconcilable. That would add fuel to the already determined Republican efforts to sabotage the process, jeopardizing Obama’s historic Iran diplomacy and the interim arrangements that have constrained Iran’s nuclear advances since November 2013. 

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    Can this joint Arab military force succeed where others have failed?

    Yemen's Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen speaks during a news conference after the closing session of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh).

    In the wake of a Saudi Arabian-led air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters, Bruce Riedel writes about the recent Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, and argues that the Arab League’s plans fit a pattern of sporadic and relatively unsuccessful military collaborations.

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    Will Saudi Arabia's 'Operation Decisive Storm' restore order in Yemen?

    Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah).

    Ibrahim Sharqieh outlines how Saudi Arabia was able to quickly— and successfully— build a ten-country coalition to launch Operation Decisive Storm against Houthi fighters in Yemen. Sharqieh outlines key moves by the Houthi fighters, and lessons Saudi leaders should carefully consider during this time.  Read More

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    Around the halls: The developing situation in Yemen

    Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir announces Saudi Arabia has carried out air strikes in Yemen against the Houthi militias who have seized control of the nation, during a news conference in Washington (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts).

    In the wake of continuing chaos in Yemen, and the decision of a ten-country coalition—led by Saudi Arabia—to conduct airstrikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen, Brookings experts had a candid dialogue about the developing situation.  Read More

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    Experts weigh in (part 2): How does ISIS approach Islamic scripture?

    Muslim boys read Koran inside a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kolkata (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri).

    Sohaira Siddiqui writes that ISIS selectively uses Islamic texts and traditions to legitimate its extremist views. The group references scripture to justify its actions, but adopts a flexible approach to texts that run counter its objectives.  Read More

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    Why U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit are good for the U.S. and Iraq

    The Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft loaded with bombers at an air base in Baghdad (REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily).

    Kenneth M. Pollack refutes the argument that U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit against the Islamic State are a mistake because they empower Iran and Shi'ite militias in Iraq and argues that, on the contrary, the request for U.S. air support offers a golden opportunity to restore American influence in Iraq. 

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    The dangers of the Arab intervention in Yemen

    Followers of the Houthi movement shout slogans during a gathering to show support to the movement outside the Presidential Palace in Sanaa (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah).

    Kenneth M. Pollack warns of the dangers that the military intervention against the Houthis in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners poses to Yemen, the region, and the United States.

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    Brookings experts on Yemen

    Markaz: Middle East Politics & Policy

    In the wake of an air assaults in Yemen, with a coalition of 10 nations lead by Saudi Arabia, here is a compilation of what Brookings experts have recently said and written on Yemen.

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