As the world’s largest Muslim country with a population of 255 million, Indonesia’s commitment to Islam’s position as an institution of civil society and to the cause of a pluralist democracy is one of the country’s most important achievements. Described in the Qur’an as ‘Middle Path’ Islam, the Wasatiyah movement was launched in more recent times with the backing of two of the oldest and largest Muslim organizations, the Muhammadiyah, founded in 1912 with a current estimated membership of 29 million, and the Nahdhatul Ulama, founded in 1926 with a...

Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, over five million Syrians have left their homes seeking asylum in the nearby countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Jordan has absorbed hundreds of thousands of Syrians in this period, placing a huge burden on not only those displaced, but also on host communities and the Jordanian government.

To explore this issue, the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) at the MacMillan Center at Yale hosted a panel on April 5 entitled “Syrian Refugee Crisis: Ground Realities and Humanitarian Responses in Jordan.”...

Thanks to funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the MacMillan Center, Nick Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, has been conducting research on the political relations among Japan’s medieval samurai warlords for the past two academic years. In the following article, he shares some of his work with the MacMillan Center.

Why is modern Japan one country rather than multiple countries? Why, after nearly 140 years of relentless warfare, during its “Warring-States Period,” did the country eventually...

In April, Yara Sallam, Director of the Criminal Justice Unit at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, gave a thought-provoking talk on what it’s like to be a women’s human rights defender in Egypt. Mindy Roseman, the Director of International Programs and Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School, introduced the speaker, highlighting not only her professional background, but also her personal profile as a person of passion, and her world view as “an optimist against all odds.” Roseman quoted from Sallam’s...

On April 26, the European Union Studies Program sponsored a conversation between David R. Cameron, Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Union Studies Program, and João Rodrigues, EU Visiting Fellow and Senior Legal Counsel of the European Parliament, on food regulation in the EU and in the U.S. and the role that politics plays in it. (view video)

The conversation began with the basic differences between the European and the American institutional frameworks. The centerpiece of the American system...