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March 6, 2018

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

March 7, 2018

U.S. President Donald J. Trump welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House, Washington, DC. The Evolution of U.S.–Vietnam Ties

Once locked in war, Vietnam and the United States have built mature ties rooted in mutual economic and security interests.

August 2, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
More Chemical Weapons in Syria

The Assad regime continues to attack its own population with chemical weapons. The weapon now is chlorine gas, the very thing outlawed after its use in World War I. Here is Reuters:   A Syri…

September 8, 2017

Israel's Bombing of a Weapons Factory in Syria: What Comes Next?

This week Israel bombed a site in Syria, from Lebanese air space. This was the so-called Scientific Studies and Researchers Center in Masyaf, a city in central Syria, and it was hit because it is a m…

February 28, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Benoit Tessier/Reuters Cryptocurrencies and National Security

Cryptocurrencies are a disruptive financial technology that present governments with new national security challenges and terrorist groups, criminals, and rogue states with opportunities.

January 6, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Haunted by Syria?

"When the history of the Obama administration is written, there will be a long and damaging chapter on its immense humanitarian and strategic failure in Syria. With three years of Obama yet to come, …

February 27, 2018

Students pray at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia. The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability.

September 18, 2013

United States
McCain on Syria

Senator John McCain spoke about Syria yesterday here at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. His remarks are the best explanation of the American interests at stake and the best critique o…

September 16, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Syria Deal

The text of the framework agreement between the United States and Russia leaves one with more questions than answers. Until last week Syria denied having any chemical weapons, so its willingness to …

February 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
TrumpSaudi Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.