Center for Strategic Communication

Turkey – Russia

By Patricia H Kushlis The Turkish military’s downing of a Russian SU-24 was no accident but neither was the Kremlin’s overflight of Turkish territory nor its attacks on Turkmen living in regions of Syria close to the Turkish border.  Russian violations of Turkish...

Target: innocence

[ by Charles Cameron — the DoubleQuote as déjà vu, and as moral contrast and comparison ] . The targeting of innocence seems particularly reprehensible — but in this instance, the Islamic State is only following in the footsteps of the Soviets in Afghanistan. **...

The “refugee” koan

[ by Charles Cameron — considering both sides, while tilting one way or the other ] . I call it a koan because you can flip it — there are two sides to it, and very possibly a serrated edge that it can balance on, foiling your best efforts to come up with a yes-no...

Developing an Effective Anti-ISIS Strategy

The recent terror attacks in Paris have created renewed demand to develop a real strategy for defeating ISIS. From Beirut to the Metrojet bombing over the Sinai, these attacks show spillover from the Syrian Civil War that threatens the livelihood of people far beyond...