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A Strategic Muddle In Syria
Articles - October 12, 2016

In October 2015, Russia intervened directly in the conflict in Syria, seeking to prop up its beleaguered ally in Damascus and push back rebel groups that had plunged the country into civil war. The United States, which was backing several insurgent groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, was not impressed. 

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

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

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

Blowing Up America's Nuke Policy
Articles - August 16, 2016

President Barack Obama is considering making a "no first use" declaration regarding U.S. nuclear weapons. Under this framework, it would be the policy of the United States not to resort to using nuclear weapons in a potential crisis unless another country did first. This is widely seen as a legacy move in the final months of Obama's presidency, a way to cement his anti-nuclear reputation in history. 

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? 

'Collective Responsibility' For Terror
Articles - June 14, 2016

Israel responded to a Palestinian terror attack in Tel Aviv which claimed four lives by revoking 83,000 travel permits for Palestinians to enter the country during Ramadan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights suggests that response amounts to "collective punishment" and is, thus, illegal under international law. 

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. 166
Bulletins - June 6, 2016

A tussle with Texas over state-level sanctions;
In Iran, brightening energy prospects...;
...and enduring grievances;
An Iranian foothold in Kurdistan;
Iran versus the internet, again

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

Some advice from the IMF;
Tehran bucks the OPEC trend;
Iran, India tightens ties...; 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. 20
Bulletins - April 18, 2016

Jordan moves against the Brotherhood;
ISIS broadens its reach in Libya;
Rethinking the Sinai;
The West's vulnerable nuclear sector

Russia's Cease-Fire Fiction
Articles - April 5, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin's March 14 announcement of a partial withdrawal of forces from Syria predictably surprised the Obama administration, which is habitually surprised by the current occupant of the Kremlin. In doing so, it became part of a larger pattern. Recent Russian-American ties demonstrate all too clearly that President Barack Obama still fails to grasp what it is, exactly, that Russia wants - and why it is successfully achieving these objectives despite the country's growing domestic crises.

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 19
Bulletins - April 4, 2016

A Hezbollah withdrawal...perhaps;
One step forwards, two steps back in Afghanistan;
France's abortive CT plan;
Israel girds for ISIS incursion

Why Russia Is Claiming Victory In Syria
Articles - March 24, 2016

Call it Vladimir Putin's "mission accomplished" speech. 

The Russian president recently caused an international furor when he abruptly announced that his government was commencing a military withdrawal from Syria. Russia had "radically changed the situation" on the ground through its involvement, and its strategic objectives had been "generally accomplished," Putin said in a televised meeting with top advisors in Moscow, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. As a result, Russia's commander-in-chief declared, he had made the decision "to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow." 

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

World War III In Syria?
Articles - February 16, 2016

Peace in our time in Syria? Not even close. Last Thursday, international negotiators meeting in Germany announced that they had reached what was described as "an agreement toward halting hostilities." Not a ceasefire, not an armistice, but a deal to make another deal to possibly stop the fighting. "I'm pleased to say that as a result today in Munich," Secretary of State John Kerry said at the time, "we believe we have made progress on both the humanitarian front and the cessation of hostilities front... to be able to change the daily lives of the Syrian people." Note to Kerry: Try not to say "Munich" when announcing a peace deal, especially one doomed to fail. 

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.