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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5 MENA News Stories You May Have Missed Over the Holidays

Habib Essid Nominated as Tunisia’s Prime Minister   On Jan. 5, former Interior Minister Habib Essid was nominated as Prime Minister by Tunisia’s newly elected parliament. Essid is no stranger in the Congressional palace, as he held a variety of positions in autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s government before being appointed Minister of the Interior […]

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My Time on the Court with the Peace Players Yesterday:

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hosts Palestinian and Israeli kids in a basketball game on the White House basketball court Oct. 9, 2014. The children are in Washington, D.C., on a State Department funded exchange that builds recon... Read more »

President Obama: “We Will Degrade and Ultimately Destroy ISIL”

Watch on YouTube In an address from the State Floor of the White House, President Obama spoke to the nation tonight about ISIL -- and our comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group. The President reiterated that as Co... Read more »

Guerra al terrore: ma è giusto pagare i riscatti?

A piece on kidnapping by terrorist groups for Italian magazine Panorama, a kind of more tabloidy version of the Economist. It basically makes the case for why paying is a bad idea, though I must say that I am maybe a bit more ambivalent on the topic than the article might suggest. I fully understand […] Read more »

New White Paper: The Narrative Landscape of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

CSC has released a new white paper: The Narrative Landscape of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Executive Summary This report presents the results of an analysis of the narrative landscape produced in texts by and about al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) from 2007 to 2013. We analyzed invocation of cultural master narrative use by the group, and then performed a detailed thematic study of the texts using Critical Discourse Analysis. This report is timely, […] Read more »

Unemployment isn’t working: the Arab Stabilization Plan and unemployment in the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa are experiencing one of the most detrimental jobs crisis in recent history. Throughout the region youth unemployment runs rampant, economic stagnation remains constant, and political unrest racks the population. The poor economic conditions continue to pose a threat to regional security and global stability. The Arab Stabilization Plan offers a possible solution.

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Diplomacy in Action: The United Nations General Assembly

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) O... Read more »

African Development Surge Could Play into AQIM Narrative

by Nathaniel Greenberg The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute recently released a report entitled “Terrorism in North Africa and the Sahel in 2012: Global Reach and Implications.” It contains important proposals for addressing some of the humanitarian crises inflicting the region (including in the Western Sahara, which continues to divide our largest allies in the region). But it also recommends moving forward aggressive deregulation and privatization initiatives that could amplify the predominant grievance—and […] Read more »