Islamist groups continue to be significant non-state actors in several Muslim-majority states. However, nations such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and others have weaponized religious discourse – both to manage Islamists at home and pursue foreign policy objectives abroad. Join us as we assess how variant Islams shape the geopolitics of these countries and vice-versa.
Dr. Peter Mandaville is a Professor of Government and Politics in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He also is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Mandaville previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. State Department and as a member of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff.
Dr. Kamran Bokhari is Director of Analytical Development at the Center for Global Policy. He also is a national security and foreign policy specialist at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute. Bokhari has served as the Central Asia Studies Course Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute.