A dozen or more books on NRMS, apocalyptic, and violence

[ by Charles Cameron — biblio post #2 in preparation for the Boston conference – background on new religious movements and violence ] . Assuming I’m right that Islamic eschatology is now swinging into focus, and since my interest in the topic was sparked by David Cook at a 1997 Millennial Studies conference, I first […] Read more »

Non-Proliferation through Strength: A Hawk’s Case for a Deal with Iran

A major concern that opponents of the recent nuclear framework deal with Iran have is that the final deal will leave Iran as a “nuclear threshold state” after a decade. As noted by Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, “[t]he gradual expiration of the framework agreement, beginning in a decade, will enable Iran to become a […]

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ABE-SAN COMES TO WASHINGTON: 5 THINGS TO WATCH

For Japanese and U.S. national security watchers alike, here are five points to pay close attention to as Abe seeks to reposition Japan for the world stage

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Let’s not forget about Russia

Last week I traveled to the Baltics to see for myself the kind of pressure the Kremlin is trying to exert on our NATO allies there. At the same time Congress is moving forward with mark-ups for funding our national security.

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A dozen or so books on Islamic apocalyptic

[ by Charles Cameron — since this topic is at last swinging into focus ] . It is my impression that Islamic apocalyptic has finally surfaced as a significant contributor to those interested in questions of contemporary national security — first, through CJC Martin Dempsey‘s 2014 comment that IS has “an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision”, […] Read more »

What We Are Reading

Key Reads   Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal Louis Charbonneau and Arshad Mohammed The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, Secretary of […]

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The US and Southeast Asia: Then and Now

Yet before the fall of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh’s forces and the messy US evacuation from South Vietnam, came the US evacuation of its embassy in Cambodia, an event that has, for the most part, sunk into obscurity. In fact, the US government had already left Phnom Penh – evacuating its remaining embassy staff - and the killing fields of Cambodia 18 days before the Saigon departure began. Read more »