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What an “America First” policy actually means in the Middle East

I have a new article out for a political website based in California on why the concept of “America First” as applied to say, the Middle East, merely means smarter US policy with better results, NOT isolationism.

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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:

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My take on US-Saudi cooperation during the Trump administration

I’ve got a new article for a great website on global politics called The Weichert Report.

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A website I highly recommend:

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Here’s the link.

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My new article for Divergent Options

I’ve got a piece out for a great new website on National Security.

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I make the basic policy argument that a US prioritization of economic empowerment policies in the Middle East is ultimately the best way to combat the inter-related problems of the EU migration crisis and the rising appeal of Jihadism.

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.

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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.

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The best 40 books I read in 2016

Each is highly recommended

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