Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

On June 25, 2014, Posted by , In Asia,China,Logan Dopp,United States, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.

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

On October 10, 2012, Posted by , In Cody Knudsen,Iran,Israel,Middle East,Praemon,United States, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

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…