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The Middle East
Gulf States Rethink Their PR Wars

The Gulf States are spending millions of dollars to influence U.S. public opinion amidst the Qatar crisis, but is it worth the cost?

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Changing the Channel
It’s Not Just the Jihadi Web

We need to shut down jihadi television too.

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Fighting ISIS on the Airwaves
The Warrior King

The world cheered at recent rumors that King Abdullah of Jordan would personally take part in air raids against ISIS. Here’s why the morale-boosting social media sensation was probably no accident.

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mind-altering
Learning Logic in the Middle East

Fledgling projects seek to fight Islamic extremism by introducing critical thinking and the scientific method to Arab societies. They may already be influencing education and government-run media.

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Unlikely Reformers?
Saudi Reforms Rising Quietly from Within

The kingdom’s push against the Muslim Brotherhood could provide an opportunity to move Saudi society away from religious extremism.

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China's Soft Power
Radio Beijing in the Middle East

China’s Arabic-language television and radio outreach efforts don’t compare to America’s in traditional measures like audience size. But sometimes how many people are tuning in isn’t as important as who is tuning in.

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