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Law Enforcement in “Modern” Counterterrorism

Law Enforcement in “Modern” Counterterrorism

The key to crafting effective counterterrorism policies depends on balanced judgments between democratic principles and security policies.

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Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Illegal wildlife trade is of immense value to criminal organizations and armed non-state actors such as al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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International Terrorism: From Anarchists to ISIS

International Terrorism: From Anarchists to ISIS

Terrorism has always been “international”, but what that means has changed as technologies and ideologies have advanced rapidly over the past 150 years.

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Iran Détente Still a Poison Pill for Gulf Arabs, Nuclear Question or Not

Iran Détente Still a Poison Pill for Gulf Arabs, Nuclear Question or Not

There is little chance that Iran and the Arab monarchies, led by Saudi Arabia, can countenance each another's respective aspirations. The U.S. is trying to make a deal with Iran while still tying itself to the demands of its other security partners in the region.

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Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

“Liberty cabbage.” “Freedom fries.” And in Russia, there is now “Crimean Butter,” a new cheese brand introduced to consumers after the annexation of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation last spring.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics

Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics

The Iran-Saudi "cold war” carries, for both countries, a dimension that raises particular security concerns: the presence of minority communities in their respective backyards that show sympathy to the other side due to domestic repression.

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Two Brigadier Generals in Death

Two Brigadier Generals in Death

The deaths of two high-ranking officers of the Saudi and Iranian militaries two weeks apart at the hands of Iraqi militants illustrates just how internationalized the regional conflict against ISIS has become.

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The Casual Propagandist Today

The Casual Propagandist Today

The exposure and arrest of @ShamiWitness, one of the “most-followed” ISIS-fan accounts on Twitter, is indicative of the problems inherent in trying to monitor the Islamic State’s activities from afar.

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The Mubarak Retrial: Winners and Losers

The Mubarak Retrial: Winners and Losers

On Nov. 29, an Egyptian court cleared charges against the country's former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt from 1981 to 2011, when he stepped down in the face of massive protests and the loss of his security services' confidence.

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Zivotofsky v. Kerry: Will Executive Privilege Trump Israel Advocacy?

Zivotofsky v. Kerry: Will Executive Privilege Trump Israel Advocacy?

The disputed status of Jerusalem will ostensibly be under review by the U.S. Supreme Court today. Zivotofsky v. Kerry asks whether the president's so-called "foreign affairs power" -- based on his textual duty to "receive ambassadors and other public ministers" -- ousts Congress from directing foreign policy.

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Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Even if war is not always good for business, it is at least a business. Whether dealing in arms, antiquities, oil, grain, taxes or international aid, the Islamic State is building the basis for the sort of exploitative economy whose inequities and corruption (ironically) helped its star rise among the poor and discontented.

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Tunnel Vision: How the Egyptian Army “Won” the War over Gaza

Tunnel Vision: How the Egyptian Army “Won” the War over Gaza

The Egyptians may not be receiving fulsome applause at the U.N. this week for their diplomacy to date, but quietly, Israeli, Gulf, and American leaders are clapping, in large part due to Cairo's reaffirmation of a hardline stance against Hamas this past summer.

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The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

Qatar’s financial habits have been the subject of a lot of media coverage lately due to the successes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the setbacks the Syrian opposition actors the Gulf states were pinning their hopes on have suffered at the hands of ISIS. Kuwait, through ...

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