POMEPS Studies 18 — March 28, 2016 The early months of 2016 mark five years since the eruption of the Arab uprising. The region’s wars, failed transitions, resurgent authoritarianism, and spiraling sectarianism and Islamist extremism make for a grim anniversary.
By Kristin Smith Diwan, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington *This memo was prepared for the “Evolving Methodologies in the Study of Islamist Politics” workshop, January 29, 2016. Since at least the 1990s, Islamists have felt the pull of domestic politics
POMEPS Brief #28— The Gulf’s Escalating Sectarianism On January 2, Saudi Arabia executed 47 men, including prominent cleric and political activist Nimr al-Nimr. This sparked immediate backlash, especially among domestic and global Shiite communities. Unfortunately, such rising sectarian tensions are nothing