Samer Shehata, assistant professor, Georgetown University
Fouad Ajami, senior fellow, Hoover Institution
Rami Khouri, director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy
Violent protests erupted in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia, fueled in part by reaction to the anti-Islam film that sparked violence in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. Religion plays a key role in these protests, but many observers also cite politics, internal power struggles and history.