Clash of Civilizations

Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword
Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword

Real intolerance against Muslims exists, no question. But the term “Islamophobia” is too often deployed to inhibit rather than encourage dialogue about honest questions, concerns, or grievances.

Advice for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Advice for the Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

While the work of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom is vital, the ambassador is most effective when he or she influences the department and US policy as a whole. The combination of ambassador-at-large and religion is thus a difficult one at State, so having someone as politically experienced as Brownback in the role is vital.

The Battle for Mosul and the End of History
The Battle for Mosul and the End of History

In the city of Mosul, gasping through its fifth month of urban warfare, two histories of the world are crossing.

The Nice Attack and the Clash of Civilizations
The Nice Attack and the Clash of Civilizations

There should be no confusion about the identity and motives of the Tunisian man who drove his truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on a promenade in Nice, France, killing at least 84 and injuring hundreds. This is the face of the modern holy warrior, the fanatical foot soldier in the Islamic jihad against the West.