Iran

JHI on the Issues 2016: What is Radical Islam?

JHI on the Issues 2016:  What is Radical Islam?

Islam is a faith of over one billion people worldwide, including over three million in the United States, the vast majority of whom reject the radical worldviews and tactics of Sunni groups like al Qaeda and ISIS and Shi’a groups like Hezbollah.  At the same time, it is fair to say that the ideology that motivates and inspires groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS has deep roots in longstanding radical Islamist theology, as does the ideology that underpins the Iranian revolutionary state and its terrorist proxies.  It is these extremist interpretations of Islam that create, for their adherents, a narrative of unrelenting hostility between Islam and the West. 

Some radical Islamist groups—like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas—utilize existing Western institutions like elections to advance their ambition of making Islam the sole source of governance and political power.  But even these groups do so with the aim of creating a global order defined by an extreme vision of their own faith. 

JHI on the Issues 2016: Did the Obama Administration “Put a Lid” on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

JHI on the Issues 2016:  Did the Obama Administration “Put a Lid” on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Secretary Clinton overstates her role in imposing “the toughest sanctions on Iran” as well as the comprehensiveness and efficacy of the Iran deal itself. The Obama administration did not build an international coalition to impose sanctions on Iran, but rather inherited that coalition from the Bush administration, which had already secured five UN Security Council resolutions against Iran’s nuclear and missile activities.  The most powerful sanctions on Iran were imposed by Congress in late 2011, and were opposed by the Obama administration.  The most significant Iran policy change made by the Obama administration was direct bilateral outreach to the Iranians, which contributed to the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal in July 2015.  That agreement with Iran temporarily limits but does not halt or dismantle Iran’s nuclear program.