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Morocco's Islamic Exports
By Ilan Berman, Foreign Affairs, May 13, 2016

At first glance, Madinat Al Irfane seems like an odd location from which to launch a global war of ideas against Islamic radicalism. The upscale middle-class suburb of Rabat is packed with nondescript office buildings and recently built apartment blocks, telltale signs of the widening prosperity of Morocco's capital. But nestled behind these structures is a marker of a very different sort: a multimillion-dollar academic campus that houses the kingdom's premier religious training academy, formally known as the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams. 

Al-Qaeda Resurrects Under ISIL Shadow
By Ilan Berman, USA Today, May 13, 2016

Whatever happened to al-Qaeda? A decade-and-a-half ago, it perpetrated the single largest act of international terrorism to ever take place on American soil. Yet, these days, Osama bin Laden's terror network barely warrants a mention in the mainstream news media. Instead, it is al-Qaeda's onetime Iraqi franchise, now known as the Islamic State, or ISIL, which commands near total attention in both politics and the press. That has never been more true than on Iraq's bloodiest day of 2016 when bombs swept through Baghdad killing at least 93. 

The Balkans Suffer For The EU's Refugee Mistakes
By Stephen Blank, The National Interest, May 2, 2016

The Balkans are burning. Europe's refugee crisis has now entwined with the general crisis of governance afflicting the Balkans, and reached its apogee in Macedonia. 

Stand Strong With Africa
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, April 27, 2016

The security situation in North Africa is growing increasingly dire, with destabilized countries and growing terrorist groups. Meanwhile, the U.S. combatant command for the region has been stuck in Germany for eight years. It is time to make another attempt to find a host country in Africa, and Morocco may be the place. 

Closing The Archives: What Russia's Renewed Secrecy Says About Putin
By Ilan Berman, Foreign Affairs, April 24, 2016

It is widely known that Russia has a difficult relationship with its past. In the quarter-century since the collapse of the Soviet Union, successive governments in Moscow have been conspicuously consistent in skirting serious questions about the repressive nature of the now-defunct Soviet state and minimizing the shadow that it continues to cast over the Kremlin. 


Latest In-House Bulletins

China Reform Monitor - No. 1222
May 19, 2016

China denies U.S. carrier port call in Hong Kong;
Xi warns cadres about "ideological infringement"
 

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2062
May 18, 2016

The National Guard, ascendant;
South Ossetia: the next Crimea?

 

 

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 164
May 18, 2016

Leveraging Latin American navies;
Iran's (even stronger) morality police;
The newest investor in Iran's nuclear program: America;
Iran rewards its foreign legion

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 22
May 18, 2016

ISIS diversifies its portfolio;
Kabul finds no help from Islamabad;
A new role for Hamas;
Al-Qaeda's northern front;
Hezbollah:All in the family

 

 

China Reform Monitor - No. 1221
May 17, 2016

Death sentence gets tougher in China;
China wants to boost agricultural production


Latest Policy Papers

Strategic Primer - Cybersecurity
By Rich Harrison , April 1, 2016

The goal of the new Strategic Primer initiative is to provide a concise, comprehensive overview of specific defense technology issues presented in a clear, direct, and graphical manner that serves as an accessible reference to policymakers. Volume 2 of the series focuses on Cybersecurity.

 

Cyber Threats in the Space Domain
By Eric Sterner and Jennifer McArdle , March 31, 2016

The ability to access and exploit space has long been woven into the fabric of American national power. It is a critical component of global political leadership, the economy, and military power. Unfortunately, those pillars are increasingly at risk. The spread of space technology to new international actors and the increasing sophistication of those capabilities have made it possible to threaten American space systems directly. The national security community is accustomed to analyzing these threats and vulnerabilities and is pursuing a reasonable mix of policies and programs to address them. (Whether those actions are sufficient is subject to debate). However, over the last decade space and cyberspace have grown increasingly integrated. This opens up new vulnerabilities in American space systems, and gives a greater number of actors the potential to exploit those vulnerabilities...

Shale 3.0 The Revolution Reshaping America and the World
By Jeff M. Smith , March 9, 2016

The world has long known of the existence of a virtual ocean of underground oil and gas deposits imprisoned in “tight,” low-permeable shale rock formations. Until recently, however, it was convinced there was no profitable extract them. Through the stubborn, decades-long persistence of a Texas oilman, and a committed effort by the U.S. government to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into “unconventional” oil and gas research, in 1998 Mitchell Energy CEO George Mitchell discovered the right combination of water, sand, and chemicals to extract natural gas from a shale formation using a hydraulically-fractured horizontal well...