Tag: Afghanistan

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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The Islamic State Campaign: Key Strategic and Tactical Challenges (CSIS)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2014:  Transition in Afghanistan Grand Strategic Context Secular, “Christian” U.S. with poor track record in Iraq and ties to Israel; lack of allied confidence in U.S. in Arab world and Turkey; No allied unity. Islamic State is only one of […]

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Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century (MOOC starts 10/20)

Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century (MOOC starts 10/20)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, via COURSERA and DAVID SCHANZER on SEPTEMBER 3, 2014:  9/11 was a devastating attack that required a comprehensive response from the United States. This course will examine post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism policies regarding the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence collection, and domestic security. We will trace […]

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Jihadism in Central Asia: A Credible Threat After the Western Withdrawal From Afghanistan?

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

by BAYRAM BALCI and DIDIER CHAUDET for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on AUGUST 13, 2014:  The states of Central Asia—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—are closely watching the political situation in Afghanistan, a neighbor with whom three of them share a border. This situation concerns them very deeply. Central Asian governments view with alarm and […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by MBAYE LO for AL ARABIYA INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES on AUGUST 10, 2014:  Two weeks ago I attended the Friday sermon at Niamey’s Grand Mosque in the Republic of Niger. The imam reminded the congregation that “these are troubling times: there is killing everywhere, and certainly, these are signs of the end of time.” He summoned […]

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No Good Men Among the Living : America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Book Q & A)

No Good Men Among the Living : America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014:  How often do we hear from Afghans on their experience in America’s long and exhausting war in Afghanistan? Anand Gopal gives them a voice in his moving book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through […]

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Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

Expert Voices: Understanding The ISIS Offensive in Iraq

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary from JUNE 12-23, 2014:  Here is a compilation of expert voices/analysis on Iraq politics, security, and the ISIS offensive : Iraq on the Brink (by Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog, June 23, 2014) EXCERPT: The United States, in cooperation with Iran, the Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Sunni tribal leaders, and […]

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WATCH: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Exchanged for Guantanamo Detainees

[ 0 ] June 4, 2014 |

via SKY NEWS on JUNE 4, 2014: The Taliban has released a video (above) showing American hostage Sgt Bowe Bergdahl being handed over to US forces in Afghanistan.The video, emailed to the media, shows him being handed over close to the Afghan border with Pakistan. Related On Taliban Video, a Message as Soldier Is Released: ‘Don’t […]

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WATCH: President Obama at Westpoint Commencement — “America Must Lead”

[ 1 ] May 29, 2014 |

via WHITEHOUSE.GOV/YOUTUBE on MAY 28, 2014:  President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America’s foreign policy agenda. Related: See and listen also to comments on the speech by Duke University Political Science and Public Policy Professor Bruce Jentleson News Tip: Obamas Foreign […]

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China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

[ 0 ] May 21, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE:  Though the People’s Republic of China has extensive commercial ties in the Middle East, its three strategic partners in the region are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. It is not surprising, therefore, that the major Middle Eastern […]

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