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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 170
Bulletins - December 5, 2016
 

Single in Tehran;
The regime turns on its own;
An Israeli strike, back on the table;
Iran's newest weapon;
Iran's naval ambitions, revisited

 
Getting Serious On The Information Battlefield
Articles - October 25, 2016
 

Today, the power of the United States to communicate with global audiences is being directly challenged by the Islamic State group. Over the past year, political and policy leaders have been amazed at how what was once described by President Barack Obama as a "JV" league terrorist organization could produce a polished magazine and high quality recruiting videos, modify online games and generate a handful of mobile apps, including one targeting children. Moreover, much of this media activity continues to take place, despite recent battlefield setbacks suffered by the group in both Iraq and Syria. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 31
Bulletins - October 7, 2016
 

A step forward for religious for religious pluralism in Cairo;
In Afghanistan, a tactical peace...;
...and militant gains;
Technical innovation against terror 

 
Morocco's Liberal Challengers
Articles - October 5, 2016
 

Ilyas El Omari is on the offensive. The bespectacled 49-year-old activist who heads Morocco's Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) has spent years honing PAM's political message and worldview. Now, with the Kingdom heading into what is shaping up to be a decisive general election on October 7, Omari senses a political opening. 

 
Collapse Over Iran's Missiles
Articles - October 4, 2016
 

The revelation of recent days that, back in January, President Obama agreed that the United Nations should lift its sanctions against two Iranian state banks which financed Iran's ballistic missile development puts the lie to Washington's claims - stubbornly maintained for more than a year - that it was determined to rein in the Islamic Republic's expanding missile program. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 169
Bulletins - October 4, 2016
 

Iran's demographic strategy in Syria;
A casualty of Iran's water woes;
A political reprieve for Rouhani

 
Egypt's Economy Is In Big Trouble
Articles - September 29, 2016
 

Three years ago this summer, Egyptians took to the streets en masse to vent their frustration at the government of then president Mohamed Morsi. The source of their discontent was the widespread economic stagnation and ideologically driven policies that came to punctuate Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government. The result was nothing short of a counterrevolution, as Morsi was ousted by the country's powerful military in an almost-coup led by his then minister of defense, Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 29
Bulletins - September 6, 2016
 

Who killed Muhammad al-Adnani?;
German hunkers down...;
...while Italy banks on culture;
Extremists south of the U.S. border

 
The Uncomfortable Alliance
Articles - September 6, 2016
 

Greater cooperation with Russia in the struggle to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and other extremist elements in the Muslim World is now being urged by a number of prominent Americans. Russia and America both have a problem with Islamists, goes the argument, so we should work together to defeat the common enemy. 

 
Iran And The New Monroe Doctrine
Articles - September 2, 2016
 

In Washington, conventional wisdom has long held that Iran's presence south of the U.S. border constitutes little more than an axis of annoyance. In this telling, Iran's activities in Central and South America - from numerous commercial and trade deals with various nations to the establishment of cultural centers throughout the region - are disorganized, opportunistic, and ultimately of little consequence. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 168
Bulletins - August 30, 2016
 

Iran's Iraqi beachhead gets bigger;
A new push into Latin America;
Russian fighters in Iran?
Iran's newest investor
 

 
Iran's Ahmadinejad Is Betting On A Comeback
Articles - August 25, 2016
 

Does anyone remember Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Until recently, the Islamic radical and former military officer who served as Iran's sixth president could be considered something of a political footnote. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 28
Bulletins - August 15, 2016
 

Israel braces for the next war;
A leadership change for Boko Haram...;
...and a setback for ABM;
an al-Qaeda/NUSRA split? 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 26
Bulletins - July 29, 2016
 

Sisi's appeal;
Terrorism and the internet of things;
The Islamic State's shifting strategy;
Jittery in Seoul;
Al-Qaeda reemerges in South Asia;
ISIS targets African youth

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 167
Bulletins - July 29, 2016
 

Iran still seeks nukes...quietly;
A second act for Ahmadinejad;
Iran shakes up its military;
Some economic breathing room from the FATF;
Iran trains its Afghan legion

 
Come At The King, You Best Not Miss
Articles - July 19, 2016
 

Machiavelli counseled, "never do an enemy a small injury." Ralph Waldo Emerson rendered the same thought as, "never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him." The coup plotters in Turkey can ponder these aphorisms from their cells while they await their potentially grisly fates. 

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 6
Bulletins - July 6, 2016
 

China's answer to U.S. lasers;
European missile defense moves ahead;
Space assets and the fight against ISIS;
Another step forward for Iron Dome;
Railguns becoming a reality;
China takes aim with new missile 

 
The Sun Force: Life on the Frontlines With the Peshmerga's Female Fighters
Articles - June 30, 2016
 

Late last year, Captain Khatoon Ali Krdr, 36, the commander of an all-female Kurdish peshmerga unit, visited a family in the village of Kocho in northern Iraqi Kurdistan to see a woman who'd had nearly everything taken away by the Islamic State (ISIS). Like Khatoon, the woman and her surviving family members are Yezidis, an ethno-religious Kurdish minority group. ISIS has long enslaved, tortured, and killed, Yezidi women. Khatoon tried to speak to the woman, but she could not answer. These days, she is mute and can only stare ahead. 

 
It All Comes Back To Religion
Articles - June 16, 2016
 

Jihadists are hailing the mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse as an Islamist victory. The Islamic State terror group has claimed credit for the atrocity, saying "a soldier of the Islamic State has carried out the attack." President Barack Obama said that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was "filled with hatred" and that the investigation "will go wherever the facts lead us." They will lead directly to radical Islamism. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 24
Bulletins - June 6, 2016
 

Palestinian terror groups eye drone warfare;
The Kosovo crucible;
Al-Qaeda's new method of economic warfare;
Rising terrorist activity within the United States;
For ISIS, necessity is the mother of invention;
Walling off Jordan

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No.165
Bulletins - May 26, 2016
 

Some advice from the IMF;
Tehran bucks the OPEC trend;
Iran, India tightens ties...;
...as Tehran looks east;
The SCO sizes up the Islamic Republic
 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 23
Bulletins - May 23, 2016
 

Hamas, out to sea;
Pushing back in Pakistan;
Penetrating the Taliban;
London's indoctrination central;
A shrinking caliphate

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 22
Bulletins - May 18, 2016
 

ISIS diversifies its portfolio;
Kabul finds no help from Islamabad;
A new role for Hamas;
Al-Qaeda's northern front;
Hezbollah:All in the family

 

 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 21
Bulletins - April 29, 2016
 

ISIS targets America...;
...as coalition effort makes gains;
Afghanistan: Backward from peace;
The Islamic State's swelling Central Asian cohort

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 3
Bulletins - April 8, 2016
 

Pentagon eyes next generation weapons;
Combating terrorists on social media;
A different kind of computer learning;
After DPRK test, new missile defense momentum in Seoul and Tokyo

 
No Means To Muster
Articles - March 10, 2016
 

In the current political season, it's the policy dog that isn't barking. 

Over the past several primary debates, candidates on both sides of the aisle have sparred at length over national security, offering contrasting - if still vague - strategies for dealing with Russia, the Islamic State and Iran, among other foreign policy challenges. But precious little attention has so far been paid to a more fundamental question: Does the U.S. military actually have the resources to adequately respond to today's global threats? 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 18
Bulletins - March 9, 2016
 

Libya, and the Western response;
The Islamist penetration of Europe;
Pushing back against Boko Haram;
A growing ISIS footprint in Pakistan;
The ISIS threat to the U.S.

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 161
Bulletins - February 23, 2016
 

Iran's campaign against the Baha'i continues;
Bahrain in the crosshairs...again;
Iranian attitudes, post-JCPOA;
Tehran's foreign legion;
Iran makes new nuclear plans

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 17
Bulletins - February 22, 2016
 

The Islamic State's growing strategic capabilities;
Has the Islamic State come to Pakistan?;
Targeting ISIS finances...with bombs;
Iraq's Sunnis start to push back

 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 16
Bulletins - February 15, 2016
 

Islamist mobilization in Tajikistan;
One step forward, two steps back for U.S. counterterrorism;
A tactical setback for terrorist media in southwest Asia;
An ISIS navy?;
Saudi Arabia steps in

 
Gaza War Deja Vu
Articles - February 9, 2016
 

The next Gaza war is fast approaching, with the terrorist group Hamas feverishly expanding its tunnel network to launch attacks inside Israel and Jerusalem now debating the shape and timing of its next move.

 
Iran's Road To Easy Wealth
Articles - February 2, 2016
 

Was the Iran nuclear deal really all about nuclear weapons, from Tehran's point of view? Or did the mullahs play the world for suckers as a road to easy wealth? 

 
The Kremlin's Selective Counterterrorism
Articles - January 27, 2016
 

To hear President Vladimir Putin tell it, his government is the proverbial tip of the spear in the global war on terror. 

For months, Kremlin officials have taken great pains to style their intervention in Syria in grandiose terms - not simply as a ploy to prop up a key strategic ally, but as a broader campaign against Islamic extremism. To hear them tell it, Russia has been 
forced to lead because of Western fecklessness in the face of gathering Islamic radicalism. Yet this bluster belies the fact that Moscow's counterterrorism policy is both flawed and selective in the extreme. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 15
Bulletins - January 22, 2016
 

The Islamic State's North African front;
Fear and loathing in Beijing...;
...and apprehension in Jakarta;
Pay cuts for ISIS cadres;
Extortion, Taliban style

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 14
Bulletins - December 31, 2015
 

The ISIS WMD threat;
Belatedly, Al-Azhar enters the fray;
The cost of the anti-ISIS campaign...so far;
Battleground: Afghganistan;
The fight against ISIS moves to cyberspace

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 342
Bulletins - December 31, 2015
 

Israel readies air based defense for export...;
...and adds new capabilities;
Harnessing left of launch;
Russia adds to Arctic arsenal

 
U.S. Must Lead War Against ISIS
Articles - November 29, 2015
 

On November 12, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, President Obama waxed optimistic about the current state of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. His administration’s efforts over the past year had successfully “contained” the Islamic State, Obama said. “I don’t think they’re gaining strength.”

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 352
Bulletins - November 24, 2015
 

Kurds retake Sinjar;
Saudi coalition advances on Taez, Yemen;
UAE takes 5 Yemenis from Guantanamo;
Turkey says it warned France of Paris attackers

 
South Asia Security Monitor - No. 382
Bulletins - November 19, 2015
 

Kabul to buy Helos from Delhi, despite Pak concerns;
China's top brass to tour Pakistan and India;
Islamic State joins Taliban splinter group in Afghanistan;
India calls for South China Sea code of conduct

 
Obama's Iran Gamble Flops
Articles - November 5, 2015
 

Like the optimistic boy in Ronald Reagan's charming quip who searches through pile-high manure in hopes of finding a pony, the Obama administration continues trying to entice the cooperation of Iran on regional issues even in the face of its growing hostility toward the United States.

 
Needed: A Strategy For Containing Iran
Articles - October 27, 2015
 

Last Sunday, Iran and the P5+1 countries (the U.S., U.K., France, China, Russia, and Germany) formally adopted the new nuclear agreement concluded this summer. In coming days, under the terms of the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Islamic Republic is obliged to begin implementing a series of curbs on its nuclear program. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 12
Bulletins - October 26, 2015
 

Russia's new southwestern barrier;
U.S. inches into Boko Haram fight;
The Taliban, resurgent

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 11
Bulletins - October 5, 2015
 

Al-Shabaab makes a comeback;
Canada tackles counterradicalization...;
...as Morocco takes on training French imams;
Russia's jihadi legion

 
The Uncomfortable Alliance
Articles - September 6, 2015
 

Greater cooperation with Russia in the struggle to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and other extremist elements in the Muslim World is now being urged by a number of prominent Americans. Russia and America both have a problem with Islamists, goes the argument, so we should work together to defeat the common enemy. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 10
Bulletins - September 4, 2015
 

Life in an ISIS economy;
A free-for-all in Egypt;
Cairo's new counterterrorism ally;
Meet the Taliban's new leader;
Boko Haram expands its ambit

 
Nothing In Moderation
Articles - August 18, 2015
 

 In July, President Barack Obama said that he hoped the proposed nuclear deal with Iran could lead to continued conversations with the Islamic regime "that incentivize them to behave differently in the region, to be less aggressive, less hostile, more cooperative," and to generally behave in the way nations in the international community are expected to behave. The most optimistic proponents of the deal believe that the process could open the door to more comprehensive detente, empower Iranian moderates and lead to a gradual, peaceful form of regime change - a change of heart, if not of leadership. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 9
Bulletins - August 13, 2015
 

Target: Britain;
A new leader for Boko Haram;
Taking stock of the anti-ISIS effort;
How web 2.0 aids the counterterrorism fight

 
North Korea: Iran's Pathway To A Nuclear Weapon
Articles - August 13, 2015
 

A central plank of the Obama administration's case for the nuclear deal just concluded by the P5+1 powers is that the agreement closes off "all pathways" by which the Iranian regime could acquire a nuclear capability, at least for the coming decade. 

 
Iran's European Enablers
Articles - August 11, 2015
 

Not all that long ago, it seemed as if the United States could learn a thing or two from Europe when it came to economic pressure on Iran. Today, a great deal has changed. 

Even as the fledgling Obama administration stuck doggedly to its "engagement" policy toward Tehran, European capitals were rapidly heading in the opposite direction. In November 2009, in a move that caused nothing short of a political earthquake on the Old Continent, a majority of the Dutch parliament formally voted to place Iran's clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on the European Union's terror list. 

 
Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power
Books - August 2015
 

Are we on the cusp of détente with Iran? Conventional wisdom certainly seems to believe so. In the aftermath of the interim nuclear deal struck in November 2013 between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 powers (the United States, France, England, Russia, China and Germany), hopes are now running high for a historic reconciliation between Iran's clerical regime and the West.