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Hijacking a Rebellion: New Trends in al-Qaeda Tactics

October 13, 2012

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Events in the Middle East and North Africa in recent months indicate a major shift in strategy by al-Qaeda and its affiliates. While many officials mistake this shift as a sign of al-Qaeda’s looming defeat, it actually displays a rapidly growing danger to U.S. national security. Al-Qaeda’s new ability to capitalize on instability amid preexisting […]

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The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

October 10, 2012

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From Washington Post

On Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad accused the United States and “internal enemies” of waging a “psychological war” against Iran in an attempt to stop Iranians from ditching the weakening rial for U.S. dollars.  This “war” refers to the significant problems Iran faces, including the U.S.-led economic sanctions, a threatened Israeli military strike, and now internal protests.  […]

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Is Deterrence a Viable Option for a Nuclear Iran?

September 12, 2012

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Iran’s nuclear program has again entered the spotlight of U.S. foreign policy debates in a election cycle in which foreign policy has taken the backseat.  The current debates often result in three scenarios: 1) Iran gives up its nuclear program, 2) Israel (with or without U.S. assistance) makes a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, […]

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Election 2012 and Foreign Policy: On the Table or In the Dust?

June 4, 2012

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As a presidential election year rolls around again, responsible voters must once again evaluate candidates’ positions against their own. While it is easy to get lost in the myriad issues trumpeted by both major candidates, their campaign teams, and the media, any eligible voter who respects his or her constitutional rights as an American citizen […]

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A new glimpse into al-Qaeda

May 8, 2012

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To coincide with the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin laden, the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point released 17 de-classified documents obtained in bin Laden’s Abbattobad compound. These 17 documents are a small fraction of the thousands of documents recovered from the raid. Despite their small number, these documents add color […]

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