Extremist Movements

Emerging Global Challenges

Extremist groups employ violence and exploit sectarian tensions to threaten regional and global stability. Stimson experts study the root causes of extremism to help limit further radicalization.


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Current Research

October 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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September 8, 2016 | EXPERT: Faiqa Mahmood

On September 2, a suicide bomber struck a court in Pakistan’s northern city of Mardan, killing twelve. READ MORE

January 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s whirlwind surprise visit to Lahore on Christmas Day, there was little doubt that spoilers in Pakistan would try to derail improved relations. READ MORE

November 26, 2013 | EXPERT: Geneive Abdo

One recent cool and sunny afternoon in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, Sheikh Bilal Baroudi, a Sunni Salafist cleric, showed me the charred remains of the Salam mosque. He was preaching there on Aug. 24 when a bomb detonated, killing dozens of worshippers. Only a few walls remained. READ MORE

May 25, 2011 | EXPERT: Mona Yacoubian

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, appeared to cross a Rubicon last week. In a defiant speech on May 25, he emphasized the Lebanese Shia militant group's unbridled support for the Assad regime in Syria. READ MORE

February 22, 2011

Ellen Laipson appears on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the geopolitical impact from the continuing anti-government protests in the Middle East and READ MORE

January 7, 2011 | EXTERNAL: Elena McGovern

Several years of war, internal violence, and unrest have taken a severe toll on the Iraqi population.  As US troops withdraw and Iraq begins the next chapter in its history, it is important to consider the status of the country's most vulnerable populations and the challenges they face.  READ MORE

January 7, 2011 | EXTERNAL: Elena McGovern

Iraq is a society in transition, grappling with the universal challenges of establishing forms of governance and allocating power within the institution of the state.  It is nearly seven years since the US invasion of Iraq, and vigorous debates about the future of Iraq continue.  READ MORE

January 7, 2011 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

It is time for a new policy in Iraq, to recalibrate America's equities and engagement there. READ MORE

December 27, 2010

By Allie Kirchner - During his trip to India, President Barack Obama visited St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, where he answered a student's question about jihad: "I think all of us recognize that this great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify READ MORE

April 19, 2010 | EXPERT: Amit Pandya

The stereotype of Muslim Indians is that of a relatively quiescent minority that has made its peace with its larger national non-Muslim context of contemporary India. Muslim Indians see something larger. READ MORE

June 24, 2009

Farrukh Waris, Burhani College of Commerce and Arts, India, talks about challenges to India's stability and the government's role in addressing them. READ MORE

June 24, 2009

Vappala Balachandran, retired senior police and intelligence official, India discusses internal instability in relation to issues of governance, social divisiveness, and violence in India. READ MORE

April 1, 2009 | EXPERT: Amit Pandya , EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

In Islam and Politics: Renewal and Resistance in the Muslim World, Muslim writers, regional experts, and Stimson analysts discuss contemporary Muslim thinking about issues at the forefront of Western concern: particularly those which go to the heart of the difficulty between the West and READ MORE

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