International Security & Defense

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One of the two reflecting pools built in the footprints of the Twin Towers to memorialize the September 11th attacks.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

After ISIL, How Likely is Another 9/11?

| July 03, 2018

Many Americans wonder: Why has there been no mega-terrorist attack on the United States since Sept. 11, 2001? In the wake of that attack, which killed 3,000, anyone who had offered to bet that 17 years on there would be no terrorist attack on the United States that killed more than 100 people could have gotten 1,000:1 odds.

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, speaks during a media availability for a video installation to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban at Union Station in Washington. April 23, 2018 (Alex Brandon/Associated Press). Keywords: Avideh Moussavian, Trump, travel ban, Muslim ban

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

We've Worked on Stopping Terrorism. Trump's Travel Ban Fuels It

| Apr. 23, 2018

Speaking in Davos this January, President Donald Trump promised that, "when it comes to terrorism, we will do whatever is necessary to protect our nation." It's a commitment we share with the President. In fact, developing and implementing lawful and effective counterterrorism strategies and policies used to be our jobs in the intelligence community, at the White House and at the National Counterterrorism Center, respectively. That's precisely why we are opposed to Trump's travel ban, which heads to the Supreme Court this week for oral arguments.

An Al-Shabaab military training camp in Somalia

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Journal Article - CTC Sentinel

Black Banners in Somalia: The State of al-Shabaab's Territorial Insurgency and the Specter of the Islamic State

| March 2018

"This article examines al-Shabaab's organizational state, including its strengths and potential weaknesses, through an analysis of its administrative, military, and media activities in 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018. Primary sources produced by al-Shabaab and core Islamic State and Islamic State–Somalia have been used in tandem with relevant secondary sources, including local and international news reporting and NGO, United Nations, African Union, and U.S. government publications, and in consultation with sources on the ground when possible so that the militant groups' claims are not simply taken at face value."

Book - Oxford University Press

Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics

Coercion moves beyond these somewhat hidebound premises and examines the critical issue of coercion in the 21st century, with a particular focus on new actors, strategies and objectives in this very old bargaining game. The chapters in this volume examine intra-state, inter-state, and transnational coercion and deterrence as well as both military and non-military instruments of persuasion, thus expanding our understanding of coercion for conflict in the 21st century.

Debris flies as Philippine Air Force fighter jets bomb suspected locations of Muslim militants in Marawi city, southern Philippines on Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File

Analysis & Opinions - The South China Morning Post

How Political Islam is Gaining Ground in Southeast Asia Despite The Fall of Islamic State

| Feb. 06, 2018

The results of upcoming elections in Malaysia and Indonesiawill provide a scorecard for the inroads made by political Islam in Southeast Asia’s two key Muslim-majority countries. In Malaysia, which will hold a general election this year, the standard-bearer of political Islam is the Parti Islam SeMalaysia. In Indonesia, which will have its presidential election next year, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) represents Islam in the political mainstream. But also powerful is the Front Pembela Islam, a vigilante group which registers its presence mostly through demonstrations and intimidation.

Turkish armor prepares for combat at a staging area in Sugedigi, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Just Lunged Toward the Breaking Point

| Jan. 23, 2018

Talking with Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of American troops in the Middle East, is a paradoxical reminder of the limits of U.S. military power to determine political outcomes. American bombs helped destroy the Islamic State in Syria, but they can’t stitch the rag doll of the Syrian nation back together.

Dover House, Whitehall

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Analysis & Opinions - Haaretz

Coat Bomb and Explosive Prosthesis: British Intel Files Reveal How the Zionist Stern Gang Terrorized London

| Dec. 02, 2017

"MI5's dossiers on Stern Gang members released this week cast the early years of the Cold War in a stark new light — terrorism, not the Soviet Union, was the main threat. The newly released files also have an enduring legacy. Many of the security techniques British intelligence developed to deal with the Irgun and Stern Gang — surveillance of extremist groups, border and port checks, liaison with foreign police agencies — were the same counterterrorist procedures later used against the IRA and current Islamist terror groups."