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Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

April 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 4/17/15 By Michael Shank As Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan made his rounds recently in the Middle East, talking with Iran about ending sectarianism in the region, and with Egypt about freeing political prisoners, he would’ve done well to start at home. There’s much to do, and Erdogan […]

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Civil Society Is Faltering in This Middle East Nation

Civil Society Is Faltering in This Middle East Nation

May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

POLITIX 05/07/14 By Michael Shank Trust is essential for any society to function. If it’s not there, political and economic progress is impossible. That’s exactly what’s happening in Yemen right now. From the public’s perspective in Sana’a where I spent the last week, the transitional government cannot be trusted, nor […]

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Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

December 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/02/13 By Michael Shank It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can’t get a break. They were first targeted in America, via discrimination aimed at the Turkish […]

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Obama Prioritizes Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process in UN Pitch

Obama Prioritizes Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process in UN Pitch

September 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 09/24/13 By Michael Shank Watching President Barack Obama’s speech to heads of state at the UN General Assembly summit this week in New York — specifically his pointed prioritization of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process — I was reminded of a column I penned with U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks […]

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‘Free Speech’ on the DC Metro

‘Free Speech’ on the DC Metro

October 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

AL JAZEERA 10/09/12 By Michael Shank If someone got physically violent on the Metro in Washington, DC, they would get kicked off the train or bus. Similarly, if someone indecently exposed him or herself (as noted in the new Metro ads threatening action against indecent exposure) or yelled incendiary, racist […]

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When Washington Welcomes A Nonviolent Muslim

When Washington Welcomes A Nonviolent Muslim

June 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

POLITICO 06/02/12 By Michael Shank CBS News “60 Minutes” recently produced a show about Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, spurred by concern about the so-called Hizmet movement’s alleged connection to a growing network of high performing and nationally ranked charter schools in the US.  These schools rank in Newsweek’s top […]

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Islam’s Nonviolent Tradition

Islam’s Nonviolent Tradition

May 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

THE NATION 04/27/11 By Michael Shank This article appeared in the May 16, 2011 edition of The Nation. As the world witnesses revolution erupting throughout North Africa and the Middle East and watches autocrats give way to people power, there is increasing fascination in the West with the nonviolent nature […]

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Why Washington Must Look to Ankara

Why Washington Must Look to Ankara

May 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

THE GUARDIAN 05/15/11 By Michael Shank Turkey’s economic strength and diplomatic stature are growing fast. The US needs to nurture closer ties. America has yet to figure out whether Turkey is friend or foe. With conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan, and tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia, Turkey’s generous military and […]

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Bush’s True Legacy in Egypt

Bush’s True Legacy in Egypt

February 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm

THE HILL 02/02/11 By Michael Shank The protests in Egypt must be understood within the prism of past policy in Washington, specifically President George W. Bush’s policy. While U.S. policies in the Middle East have never been dependable, let alone consistent, many conservatives in Washington this week, including former Bush […]

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Victims of Religious Violence

Victims of Religious Violence

December 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

RELIGION & VIOLENCE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAITH AND CONFLICT 12/10 By Michael Shank and Courtney Erwin REFERENCE REVIEWS of “Victims of Religious Violence” Chapter: “Two over-arching essays – on terrorism and on victims – give us a welcome steer here on what is what…Victims come in all shapes and sizes […]

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