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Get Ready To Scrap The Iran Nuclear Talks
Articles - June 2, 2015

"Interviews with scientists is completely out of the question and so is inspection of military sites," Abbas Araqchi, Iran's senior negotiator on its nuclear program, announced on state television on Saturday, just as Secretary of State John Kerry was conferring with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a final push to meet the June 30 deadline for an Iran nuclear agreement.

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 5
Bulletins - May 22, 2015

Britain's Jihadis return home;
Pushback in Tunisia;
How the Islamic state is sneaking into Europe;
The Islamic State's resilient terror economy;
In the Sahara, cracks in Islamist identification;
Australia's hard line


Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 155
Bulletins - April 13, 2015

Iran, P5+1 strike tentative nuclear deal...;
...but is there a meeting of the minds?;
Hedging on verification in Tehran;
Mixed reaction in the Middle East

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 2
Bulletins - March 30, 2015

The Islamic state's social media offensive;
Boko Haram vs. Democracy;
Kazakhstan's foreign fighter problem...;
...and a threat of terror in Tajikistan;
Islamist factions unite in Syria


When The Laws Of War Kill
Articles - March 17, 2015

The laws of war are intended to limit conflict and minimize casualties. But what happens when terrorists use these same laws to expand conflict and kill more people? 

South Asia Security Monitor - No. 387
Bulletins - March 17, 2015


U.S., Japan, India to conduct joint naval exercises;
India eyeing $3B defense package with Israel;
Pakistan: India bigger threat than terrorism;
ISIS thwarted in Afghanistan;
Taliban rejects new peace talks


Morocco's Counterterrorism Moment
Articles - March 11, 2015

The summit on countering violent extremism convened by the Obama administration last month was a lavish affair, full of pomp and circumstance and awash in foreign dignitaries. But substantive strategies for combatting radical ideologies, particularly those of Islamist groups, were far less in evidence. 

Nuclear Musings
Articles - March 10, 2015

From today's diary entry of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: 

Ah, the Americans. When it comes to our nuclear weapons program, they leave us with only good choices! 

On the one hand, I can drag out the talks beyond this month's latest deadline because the desperate Americans certainly will agree to keep talking. That's how we went from the six-month interim deal in November 2013, through a deadline in July 2014, and then through another deadline in November 2014. 

Watch Africa in fight against ISIL
Articles - February 26, 2015

MARRAKESH, Morocco — It's a truism of broadcast media that "If it bleeds, it leads." The field of counterterrorism functions much the same way, which is why in recent months the Islamic State terrorist group have become the overwhelming focus of Western law enforcement and intelligence. Yet an equally significant security challenge is incubating in Africa, where local conditions have sown the seeds for the next stage of global terror.


Obama's religious blindness aids Islamic State
Articles - February 19, 2015

Attempts to avoid touching on religious dimension of the struggle has led to several recent high-profile administration gaffes. President Obama strangely tried to deflect the issue at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5 by mentioning the Crusades as an example of Christian excess. Unfortunately, that example is also a key jihadist talking point.

Iran's Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is a Myth
Articles - February 18, 2015

President Barack Obama said a nuclear deal with Iran is possible if Tehran truly considers nuclear weapons un-Islamic. But is this true? And does it matter?

The Only Thing Scarier Than Iran's Nukes
Articles - February 12, 2015

Denying Iran nuclear-weapons capability is not only a means of limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is also part of a broader ideological struggle that Tehran is taking much more seriously than is the United States.

Eurasia Security Watch - No. 331
Bulletins - February 9, 2015

Death sentence for 183 Brotherhood members;
South Sudan peace agreement;
Iraqis and Kurds aim to free Mosul;
Egyptian court ban Hamas;
Hezbollah ready for war with Israel



South Asia Security Monitor - No. 356
Bulletins - January 30, 2015

ISIS expands in South Asia;
New Afghan cabinet in jeopardy;
Clashes in Nepal over new constitution;
Unrest, extremism in Bangladesh



A Challenge To Modernity
Articles - January 13, 2015

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist," German pastor Martin Niemoller famously observed about his nation's intellectuals during the Nazi rise to power. "Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me." 

Congress Should Act Against The Islamic State Group
Articles - January 6, 2015

One of the first orders of business for the new Congress may be to consider a resolution authorizing the use of force resolution in Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led combined joint mission against the Islamic State group. Such a move would be long overdue. 

Troubling Signs From Tehran
Articles - December 10, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is confident that an agreement on Iran's nuclear program can be concluded in three to four months, or sooner. But maybe it will be later - or maybe not at all. 

Desperate And Dumb
Articles - November 11, 2014

Last month, President Barack Obama reportedly wrote a private letter to Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seeking to tie the fight against the Islamic State group to the ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The White House purportedly sought to pressure Iran into reaching an agreement by the November 24 diplomatic deadline by hinting that failing to do so would affect American efforts against the Islamic State group. 

Call It a War and Win It
Articles - September 16, 2014

Last week, President Barack Obama pledged to destroy the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS or ISIL). It is worth asking what that means, and whether the United States can actually do it.

Iran Won't Slow Down On Ballistic Missiles
Articles - July 18, 2014

With time for nuclear diplomacy between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the U.S., UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) running out, and with the White House scrambling to cobble together some sort of deal with Tehran, it's perhaps not surprising that Pentagon's latest annual assessment of Iran's military capabilities has so far garnered little attention, either within the Washington Beltway or outside it.