Center for Strategic Communication

Global war on terror blog weekly round-up

Afghanistan Andrew Exum believes that demands for greater power for Afghan forces is good for America’s negotiating position. Freelance consult Jay Ulfelder looks at what anthropologists think about Afghanistan. Counter-insurgency Arda Bilgen compares Mao and David...

Al Qaeda and Its Apathetic Public

My friend Ryan Evans’ excellent review of Fawaz Gerges’ new book, The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda got me thinking about conspiracy theorism and its relationship to Al Qaeda’s fortunes. Ryan takes issue with Gerges’ contention that Al Qaeda never really had a “viable...

Faces of the Arab Spring (IV)

I'm posting an expanded version of the remarks I gave at Newman University in Wichita on November 3, 2011.  The linked document consists of the notes, “cleaned up” and organized into something coherent. Download “FacesNotes” (.pdf) I could...