Tahrir al-Sham Attack Highlights Increasing Sectarianism in Syria

The jihadi coalition says twin blasts that killed more than 70 mostly Shia pilgrims in Damascus were a way to hit Assad and his Ir...

Tahrir al-Sham Attack Highlights Increasing Sectarianism in Syria

The Changing Face of Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The recent Rohingya insurgency and subsequent government response mark a qualitative change from earlier Buddhist-Muslim clashes i...

Myanmar troops on patrol in Rakhine state.

Saudi-Iraqi Tensions Should be a Wake-Up Call on Sectarianism

ISIS has shown that localised sectarian tensions can give rise to global terrorism, and that marriages of convenience can come bac...


What is the Antibalaka?

The Antibalaka militias in the Central African Republic remain a little-understood but critical player in the ongoing national cri...


What is the Houthi Movement?

The conflict between Yemen's Houthi movement and Saudi-backed pro-government forces has been ongoing since March 2015, but the Shi...

Houthi Movement

ISIS Imports Sectarianism to Afghanistan

Afghanistan's 'long war' is entrenched and intractable, but unlike conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon it has not been ch...


Between Hammer and Anvil: The Druze Dilemma in Syria

Five years into the bloody civil war, much of this tiny minority in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel sees the Assad regime as the least ...


Why Islamist Extremists Target Christians

The deadly Easter Sunday attack on a Lahore park has refocused attention on a community that has particularly suffered from jihadi...

Islamist extremism

ISIS Magazine Targets Sunni 'Apostates'

The latest issue of ISIS' English-language magazine, Dabiq, pursues a starkly intra-Sunni sectarian agenda in contrast to the prev...


Behind the GCC's Terrorist Designation of Hizbullah

The Gulf Cooperation Council's move to blacklist the Lebanese Shia militia goes back at least three years, and is largely a functi...


ISIS Attack on Damascus Shia Shrine Opens Deep Wounds

The triple blast at the shrine of Sayyida Zaynab in the Syrian capital has a deeper significance within a history dating back much...


Shia in Nigeria: Deliberate Violence or Mistaken Intent?

Last month's deadly clashes between the army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria echoes the first rumblings of the Boko Haram insu...


ISIS Exploits the Sunni-Shia Split

The latest issue of ISIS' English-language magazine Dabiq focuses on sectarian divisions, hot on the heels of Saudi Arabia's execu...


Saudi Arabia's Executions: Why Now?

Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 others, in January drew widespread condemnation and a growing regional cri...

Saudi Arabia

What Next After Myanmar's Elections?

Myanmar's general election took place on 8 November 2015, amid concerns over the status of ethnic and religious minorities.