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My new WINEP article

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In an article for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy I analyze  President Trump’s focus on rebuilding alliances with traditional US allies in the Middle East.

Why Saudi/UAE views on radical Islam during the Trump era will be more influential than the Qatari narrative of the Obama years

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Given the Trump administration focus on rebuilding damaged alliances with traditional Middle Eastern allies that were neglected by President Obama, Israeli, Emirati, Saudi and Egyptian views on issues such as terrorism and whatever relationship the Muslim Brotherhood has to that, will have more influence in the US in the coming years than say, the Qatari narrative that had much weight during the Obama years.

On that note, this is a fascinating article that was published in Al-Hayat, a major regional newspaper, by a distinguished Saudi anthropologist. It sheds some interesting light on those perspectives mentioned above, so I decided to translate it. Continue reading “Why Saudi/UAE views on radical Islam during the Trump era will be more influential than the Qatari narrative of the Obama years”

Beating ISIS the “State” was the easy part – the 100 year ideological war is just getting started

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Over the weekend I read an article by former Obama administration official Andrew Exum stating that “President Trump will defeat ISIS” but that “it will mostly be due to the work of his predecessor.”

My two cents: defeating the geographic entity in Syria and Iraq is great yet hardly the end of the problem.

As I noted in an article I wrote for Arabist.net in Fall 2015:

Defeating ISIS the geographic entity is the easy part:

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Continue reading “Beating ISIS the “State” was the easy part – the 100 year ideological war is just getting started”

My review of “Defeating Jihad” by senior Trump CT Advisor Sebastian Gorka

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It is often said that “personnel is policy.”

Today, Dr. Sebastian Gorka – recently appointed to a high-level Counter-Terrorism position in the Trump administration – was the subject of an  in-depth Politico profile.

Over the weekend I read Dr. Gorka’s 2016 book and will review in this post.

Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War is an important text that I highly recommend.  If the recommendations are only generally followed it’s a huge improvement for US national security. Here are the broad takeaways about what we can extrapolate about the new administration’s CT approach: Continue reading “My review of “Defeating Jihad” by senior Trump CT Advisor Sebastian Gorka”

Analyzing (mostly) mediocre US anti-Jihadism messaging – p1

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This is the first in a series of posts analyzing US government efforts to undermine the recruiting appeal of ISIS and other Jihadist groups. As noted in a post last week, these efforts have been ineffective at very best. Continue reading “Analyzing (mostly) mediocre US anti-Jihadism messaging – p1”

Why have Jihadists failed at implementing the Daesh “approach” in Sinai?

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My translation of some solid analysis on a major CT issue by one of the Middle East’s top experts Egypt’s top experts:

Continue reading “Why have Jihadists failed at implementing the Daesh “approach” in Sinai?”

If Hitler went from 2% to mainstream in 13 years- can ISISism do the same by 2030?

This is an interesting Washington Post interview with Milos Zeman a pro-Trump Czech politician.

Continue reading “If Hitler went from 2% to mainstream in 13 years- can ISISism do the same by 2030?”

Ayman Zawahiri in 2017 onwards is irrelevant to the US effort to solve the Jihadist Terrorism problem

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The Arabist blog has an excellent feature translation of an article by a Jordanian journalist analyzing the latest speech of the nominal leader of Al-Qaeda as part of the site’s partnership with the company Industry Arabic.

Continue reading “Ayman Zawahiri in 2017 onwards is irrelevant to the US effort to solve the Jihadist Terrorism problem”

5 excellent articles on Trump Adm. & Middle East security issues I read this week

See links below with my commentary.

(1)  Defeating ISIS Will Strengthen IS

Continue reading “5 excellent articles on Trump Adm. & Middle East security issues I read this week”

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