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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The U.S. in Southeast Asia: Learning or teaching?

September 25, 2012 --

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One of the biggest recent news stories in the East Asian Region is the continuing territorial dispute between China and Japan. The two world superpowers have been involved in the dispute for longer than either would care to admit, given the nature of the islands themselves. The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu […]

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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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Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

August 30, 2012 --

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http://www.realclearworld.com/blog/2009/01/mexicos_drug_wars_and_the_joe.html

  A recent study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between 1987 and 2004 shows a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks following the enactment of humanitarian policies. The study provides some evidence to the argument that terror attacks can be reduced through “incentivizing peace rather than punishing violence.” These results were upheld by case studies […]

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