What We Are Reading

Key Reads   Russia lifts ban on S-300 missile system delivery to Iran BBC Russia has lifted a ban on supplying Iran with a sophisticated air defence missile system, the Kremlin has said.   Iraqi Prime Minister meeting with President Obama to request weapons Andrew V. Pestano / UPI Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, will […]

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Iran’s Fragile Rise

While the recent nuclear framework agreement between the P5+1 and Iran is a major step towards ensuring that Tehran does not obtain nuclear weapons, some justifiably point out that a final deal might turn Iran into a “second Saudi Arabia,” albeit one that will wreak much havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond. As Benjamin […]

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What We Are Reading

Key Reads   The Military Option on Iran – the reality BGen. Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.) / The American Security Project Stating that we can unilaterally eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapon program with an air campaign is incredibly naïve.   MIDEAST MONEY-With governments at their backs, Gulf firms prepare for Egypt push Amena Bakr, Stanley […]

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What We Are Reading

International News Coverage   Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism   Islamic State appears to be fraying from within Liz Sly / The Washington Post The Islamic State ¬appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those […]

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What we are reading

International News Coverage   Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism   Planned Flogging of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Postponed Again Ian Black / The Guardian The planned flogging is being suspended after a medical committee assessed that he should not undergo a second round on health grounds, said Amnesty International, which has adopted him as a […]

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De-Romanticizing the Islamic State’s Vision of the Caliphate

CSC has released a new white paper entitled De-Romanticizing the Islamic State’s Vision of the Caliphate.  The Executive Summary is below, and you can download the full PDF here. Executive Summary Calls for restoration of the Caliphate are a regular feature of Islamist extremist communication, most recently and notably that of the Islamic State (IS) who in mid-2014 declared a new Caliphate and named their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as Caliph. This paper analyzes the extremist vision […] Read more »

De-Romanticizing the Islamic State’s Vision of the Caliphate

by R. Bennett Furlow, Kristin Fleischer and Steven R. Corman Calls for restoration of the Caliphate are a regular feature of Islamist extremist communication, most recently and notably that of the Islamic State (IS) who in mid-2014 declared a new Caliphate and named their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as Caliph. This paper analyzes the extremist vision of the Caliphate from a strategic communication point of view, revealing its vulnerability. Extremists construct a narrative of an […] Read more »

Five Charts that Explain Shia Islam

With the recent advance of the Sunni-extremist group the Islamic State and the increasing sectarian divisions that are cleaving apart the Islamic world, it is more important than ever to understand the differences and similarities between distinct Muslim groups, particularly Sunnis and Shia. With such an understanding, citizens and policy-makers can make more effective decisions […]

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Event Review – Iraq in Crisis: Recent Developments and Risk Management Strategy

On Wednesday July 16th, the American Security Project (ASP) hosted Daniel Wagner, MGen Robert Scales, Missy Ryan, and Smita Malik, with moderator Dante Disparte in a talk titled, “Iraq in Crisis: Recent Developments and Risk Management Strategy.” The speakers considered the threat that the Islamic State poses to businesses and their investments in Iraq, and how […]

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