What We Are Reading

Key Reads Pakistan Orders Save The Children To Leave Country BBC Pakistan has ordered the charity Save the Children to leave the country, with an official accusing the NGO of “anti-Pakistan” activities. Police have sealed off their offices in Islamabad and foreign staff given 15 days to leave the country.   American Competitiveness Obama’s Trade […]

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The Prospects of Reform in Sudan

This editorial was originally published on The Huffington Post Blog, by Daniel Wagner, CEO of Country Risk Solutions (CRS) and author of the book “Managing Country Risk,” and John Bugnacki, an Adjunct Fellow with the American Security Project (ASP) and a research analyst with CRS. The Prospects of Reform in Sudan In spite of declarations to pursue […]

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Some recent words from the Forgiveness Chronicles

[ by Charles Cameron — is this the foolishness of men, or of God? ] . ** In a CNN piece titled Coptic Christian bishop: I forgive ISIS, Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, had this to say: Q: Not long after the video released, you tweeted about the […] Read more »

President Obama: “Our Fight Against Violent Extremism”

Ed. Note: The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in the Los Angeles Times this morning.

The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.

At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans have been killed at Ft. Hood and during the Boston Marathon.

Our campaign to prevent people around the world from being radicalized to violence is ultimately a battle for hearts and minds.

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Contextualizing the beheading of Coptic Christians in Libya

[ by Charles Cameron — in real estate it’s location, location, location — in thought space it’s context, context, context ] . Timothy Furnish offers us context for the newly released video of Islamic State beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians (screencap in upper panel, below) with two striking images of precedents, one of which […] Read more »

What We Are Reading

International News Coverage   Middle East, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Retired Generals: U.S. set for failure in Iraq and Syria without clear Strategy Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post Without a clear strategy from the White House and the return of a robust defense budget, the United States is set for failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and […]

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Libya: On the Brink

Since the removal of longtime leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, Libya has struggled to rebuild itself. Currently, warring factions are vying for control over the country following the dissolution of the country’s government. This report analyzes the recent events that have placed Libya on its current path. In order to understand events on the ground, […]

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