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Global Islamism Monitor - No. 52
Bulletins - May 31, 2018
 

Counterterrorism and the digital dilemma;
Cairo's new counterterrorism structure;
How al-shabaab indoctrinates;

 
New Report: Iran
Articles - May 31, 2018
 

Global outrage over last month’s peak to the so-called Great March of Return on the Gaza-Israel border was instant and understandable. Over 50 people died and hundreds more were injured on a single day. What happened was as viscerally unpleasant as civil strife gets. It was brutal.

 
The Islamic State Attacks Indonesia - And Its 'Middle Way'
Articles - May 30, 2018
 

Earlier this month, after experiencing a long hiatus from violent extremism, Indonesia succumbed anew to Islamist terrorism when a family of suicide bombers struck three different churches in the country's second-largest city, Surabaya. The coordinated attacks during Sunday services on May 13 killed at least 12. The following day, another family of extremists attacked Surabaya's police headquarters, wounding 10. The Islamic State immediately claimed responsibility for both attacks.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 51
Bulletins - May 23, 2018
 

Pakistan's "University of Jihad";
Egypt attempts a new strategy in the Sinai;
Saudi Arabia seizes the moment against the MB...;
...and makes a move toward religious pluralism



 
Scrapping Iran Deal Provides A Trump Card With North Korea
Articles - May 16, 2018
 

The political left is aghast over President Donald Trump's decision last week to abrogate the Iran nuclear deal. Among proponents of the 2015 agreement with Iran's ayatollahs engineered by the Obama White House, Trump's pullout was condemned as ill-advised for a host of reasons, not least because it complicates America's planned negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. After all, these critics argue, why would Pyongyang trust a Washington that doesn't honor its international obligations?

 
Hamas Attacks Israel - And The World Condemns Israel
Articles - April 11, 2018
 

The world "should wait for our great move," said a top Hamas leader, speaking to Palestinian protestors during violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border, "when we breach the borders and pray at al Aqsa."

With hundreds around him chanting, "We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs," and with 20,000 Palestinians protesting along the border - some burning tires, others throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks - Yahya Sinwar declared during April protests that Hamas was "following in the path of martyr Yasser Arafat in resisting the enemy" and "if we explode we will explode in [Israel's] face."

 
An Emerging Arab-Israeli Thaw
Articles - April 4, 2018
 

A tectonic shift is taking place in Middle East politics. We may be on the verge of seeing a historic normalization of relations between Israel and several major Arab states. And it is all thanks to Iran.

 
America Has A Plan To Dismantle The Iran Deal; Now It Needs One For The Aftermath
Articles - March 27, 2018
 

With President Trump's pick of John Bolton as National Security Advisor raising the chances of a U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington must be ready in its aftermath to pursue a bold, broad, and effective strategy to restrain Tehran's nuclear dreams and hegemonic ambitions.

 
Nervous In North Africa
Articles - February 22, 2018
 

Officials in Morocco are apprehensive. "Africa is approaching a dangerous moment," one of the Kingdom's most senior political figures told me recently in Rabat. His bleak assessment, which I heard in virtually every meeting during my recent visit to the country, stems from what are essentially two factors.

 
Rocketing Toward War?
Articles - February 20, 2018
 

Military skirmishes and escalating threats between Iran and Israel of late are raising the risks of a catastrophic regional war, prompting questions about what the United States should do to prevent it.

To date, President Donald Trump has focused more attention on defeating the Islamic State group in Syria than on preventing Iran from filling the resulting void with its own military and proxy forces and, in the process, further implanting itself in Syria as part of its quest for a land corridor all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 49
Bulletins - February 16, 2018
 

Education, Taliban style;
The tip of the Taliban spear;
The Islamic State's new way of making money...;
...and a payday for its opponents;
Pressuring Pakistan

 
Trump's foreign policy pattern is all bark and no bite
Articles - January 8, 2018
 

Recent foreign policy moves by the Trump administration disclose a pattern of thought and action that merits being seen in its totality. Towards the end of 2017 the administration released a vigorous national security strategy that not only labeled China and Russia as adversaries but also “took no prisoners” in asserting that the U.S. would act vigorously against challenges.

 
World Almanac of Islamism 2017
Books - December 2017
 

Now in its third edition, The World Almanac of Islamism is the first comprehensive reference work to detail the current activities of radical Islamist movements worldwide. The contributions, written by subject expert, provide up-to-date assessments on the contemporary Islamist threat in all countries and regions where it exists. Each country study will include valuable metrics for gauging the advance or decline of Islamism. In places where Islamists are not in power, these include year-on-year comparisons of the number of terrorist attacks that have taken place, the level of popular support being received by radical religious organizations and political parties, and applicable government responses to these trends, if any. In places where they are in power, metrics encompass relevant changes to domestic human rights practices and social conditions, foreign policy rhetoric and action, and the overall stability of the state.


 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 48
Bulletins - December 7, 2017
 

Boko Haram: Down, but not out;
Dutch fears of female Jihadism;
The Afghan battleground;
Europe's new worry: Balkan radicalization;
Testing Saudi Arabia's new approach

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 47
Bulletins - November 27, 2017
 

A step backward in Jakarta;
Bracing for Islamism in the Caribbean...;
...and tightening up in Bulgaria;
Thailand's turmoil provides inroads for foreign jihadists

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 180
Bulletins - November 27, 2017
 

Iran's Afghan "Volunteers";
Khatami under fire...;
...while Larijani jockeys for position;
Iran continues its illicit procurement;
A helping hand from Moscow

 
Iran's Imperial Project
Articles - November 21, 2017
 

Iran is on the march in the Middle East.

Over the past year, a steady drumbeat of news reports from the Persian Gulf, intelligence assessments regarding Syria's civil war, and firsthand accounts out of Iraq, Lebanon and beyond has pointed to an inescapable conclusion: Iran is erecting a new empire in the region.

 
A Saudi Shake-Up At Last
Articles - November 8, 2017
 

Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a long overdue housecleaning. The mass arrests of members of the government, royals and businessmen that have taken place in recent days are unprecedented in modern times, and the country's attorney general has promised that what has taken place so far is only "phase one."

 
The Russian War On Terror
Articles - November 3, 2017
 

Which country ranks as the largest source of foreign fighters for the Islamic State's "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq?

That dubious distinction doesn't belong to a Middle Eastern state, despite the fact that countries such as Saudi Arabia have historically been major contributors of radicals to the Islamic State's ranks. Nor is it a North African nation, even though Tunisia had previously served as the preeminent supplier of fighters for the Syrian front.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 46
Bulletins - October 30, 2017
 

Ireland on Alert;
Target: America;
The Islamist timber trade;
The persistence of Palestinian "resistance";
Russia's role in the foreign fighter program

 
President Trump Takes A Wise Middle Course On The Iran Nuclear Deal
Articles - October 20, 2017
 

In his policy speech last Friday, President Trump did not scrap the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as some prominent conservative thinkers had suggested he should. Nor did he simply leave the deal intact, as proponents of the agreement had previously counseled. Instead, the president charted a middle way intended to give America greater leverage over Iran's nuclear program and processes.

 
Trump Takes Aim At The IRGC
Articles - October 18, 2017
 

You wouldn't know it from the media coverage surrounding President Trump's October 13th speech on Iran, but the most notable element of the Administration's new, "comprehensive" strategy toward the Islamic Republic isn't its plan to revisit the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 45
Bulletins - September 18, 2017
 

An ISIS call to arms;
Tunisia's progress sparks clerical pushback;
Preparing for the return of Russia's jihadis;

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 44
Bulletins - September 6, 2017
 

Hamas-Iran ties: Back on track;
ISIS eyes the Islamic Republic;
The blowback from Russia's Syria strategy;
Turkey's troubling new curriculum;
How not to discredit the Islamic State

 
Iran's Big Move
Articles - September 5, 2017
 

The western Asian nation of Iran is on the cusp of expanding its reach all the way to the Mediterranean Sea and Israel's northern border - a drive that will make its nuclear pursuit, ballistic missile development and terror sponsorship that much more dangerous to the United States and its regional allies.

 
Common Cause Against The Kurds
Articles - August 30, 2017
 

An odd partnership is taking shape in the Middle East, where Iran and Turkey - two countries that have historically been strategic competitors - are suddenly making common cause.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 42
Bulletins - August 4, 2017
 

Taking on (some of) Boko Haram;
The Islamic State's fallback plan;
AQAP grows in the shadows;
Turkey's border wall

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 41
Bulletins - July 19, 2017
 

Astana's answer to radicalization;
Europe braces for ISIS returnees;
Turkey draws a red line;
China's social media clampdown

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 40
Bulletins - July 5, 2017
 

Qatar feels the heat;
Pakistan's clerics back official Jihad;
Afghan religious scholars in the cross hairs;
Boko Haram, back in action;
Fear and loathing in Jakarta

 
Qatar Was A Double Agent In War On Terror
Articles - June 6, 2017
 

Just weeks after the President Trump's inaugural tour of the Middle East, which included significant pressure on the Arab Gulf states to build a regional security architecture to combat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and counterbalance Iran, the prospects for such a construct appear more distant than ever, at least at first glance. Over the weekend, five separate Arab states - Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain - all formally severed their diplomatic ties to the Emirate of Qatar over the latter's support of Islamic extremism in various forms.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 39
Bulletins - May 31, 2017
 

Target: Manila;
Contextualizing ISIS' Afghan presence;
An incentive program for Palestinian terrorism;
England's enemy within

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 38
Bulletins - May 28, 2017
 

The air campaign against the Islamic state heats up...;
...as ISIS focuses on unconventional defense;
ISIS rears its head in the Philippines;
An al-Qaeda call to arms;
...and the quiet campaign against the Bin Laden network;
A media clampdown in Cairo

 
Counter All Extremism
Articles - May 10, 2017
 

President Donald Trump's administration is currently undertaking a review of federal programs established under the rubric of "countering violent extremism." The White House, however, should take note that it is just as important to counter nonviolent extremism. 

 
How Qatar Helped Hamas Get Its Groove Back
Articles - May 2, 2017
 

On Monday, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that rules the Gaza Strip, thrust itself back into the international spotlight when it formally unveiled a new organizational charter. The long-discussed and much-debated document - launched with great fanfare by Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal at the upscale Sheraton Hotel in the Qatari capital of Doha - represents a new bid for relevance by the world's premier Palestinian Islamist movement. 

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1278
Bulletins - April 18, 2017
 

Xi eyes his legacy;
Taiwan increasingly threatened by Chinese missiles

 
Terror In Stockholm
Articles - April 11, 2017
 

Last Friday, an ISIS supporter rammed a truck into a department store in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden, killing four people and injuring 15. That same evening, news broke that Swedish police had arrested a 39-year old man from Uzbekistan for complicity in the attack. By Sunday morning, Swedish media reported that the man's social media account indicated his support for both the Islamic State and the Islamic Party of Liberation, Hizb-ut-Tahrir. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 36
Bulletins - March 20, 2017
 

ISIS drones take flight;
Russia's Jihadi legion;
Afghan forces push back;
The economic state of the Islamic State;
An extreme education

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 35
Bulletins - January 18, 2017
 

Egypt's costly counterterrorism policy...;
...faces legislative limites;
Curtains for BH?;
Hamas' evolvng cyber capabilities;
The Taliban take the offensive;
Target: Turkey

 
Move The Embassy
Articles - January 10, 2017
 

President-elect Donald Trump's promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem provides a timely opportunity for the new president to make a sharp break with President Barack Obama's unwise, unjustified and ultimately ineffective hostility toward America's closest ally in the turbulent Middle East. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 34
Bulletins - December 26, 2016
 

Boko Haram's economic impact;
ISIS in Afghanistan: Down, but not out;
How the Taliban moves money;
Targeting the cyber caliphate;
ISIS seeks softer targets in Europe;
A helping hand from Riyadh

 
Next Year In Jerusalem?
Articles - December 21, 2016
 

In his March 2016 speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, then-candidate Donald Trump promised that his administration would "move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem." Last week, ambassador to Israel designate David Friedman said he looks forward to working "from the U.S. embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem." Senior aide Kellyanne Conway has confirmed that the move is a "very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump." 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 33
Bulletins - November 21, 2016
 

The price of Russia's Syria policy;
Germany's vulnerable military;
A costly counterterrorism campaign;
Nigeria's foreign Islamists

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 32
Bulletins - October 26, 2016
 

The Islamic State's resilient financial infrastructure;
Fear and loathing in Astana;
A new ISIS tactic: Exploding drones

 
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. 

 
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. 

 
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. 27
Bulletins - August 8, 2016
 

 

Jihadists push for Palestinian recruits...;
...as Hamas prepares political power play;
China's Jihadists;
Uzbekistan's resilient radicalism;
France rethinks its relationship with Islam;
New insights into ISIS tactics