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.
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”
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:
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”
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”
My translation of some solid analysis on a major CT issue by one of the Middle East’s top experts Egypt’s top experts:
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.
See links below with my commentary.
(1) Defeating ISIS Will Strengthen IS