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A war of beliefs

The struggle against homegrown terror is a battle for the soul

By CH Karen Meeker

Publication Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Terrorism expert Peter Bergen said recently on Capitol Hill, “The homegrown terrorist is the biggest threat to the United States.” According to New America’s “ISIS in the West: The New Faces of Extremism,” the most common demographic of Americans recruited by ISIS, or the Islamic State, is a 25-year-old who is socially connected on the internet. What, then, is the special appeal that would drive an American young adult to radicalism and then terrorism, and what can we do about it?  {read more}

Standing by Afghanistan: the strategic choice

By Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Publication Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Afghanistan’s defence and security forces face enormous challenges. They are countering an insurgency of well-equipped guerrilla fighters, who enjoy the unconditional support of organised crime, international terrorists and some neighboring countries. They are on the front line of the fight against terrorist groups including Al-Qaida, so-called Islamic State and the Haqqani Network. Moreover – as Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said repeatedly – for fourteen years Afghanistan has been in an undeclared war with Pakistan. And it’s also believed that the country continues to be the proxy battleground for India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers.  {read more}

Intermarium – An Idea Whose Time is Coming Again

By Paul A. Goble

Publication Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The EU is now in a deep crisis, one that is the product not only of Britain’s vote to leave it but also of the organization’s “inability to stand up to the global economic crisis, Russian military-political and information expansion, international terrorism and uncontrolled mass migration,” according to Aleksandr Voronin.  {read more}

Panel discusses special operations forces in diplomacy at IWP

By Taralyn Thrasher

Publication Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

On Monday, June 27, 2016, The Institute of World Politics hosted an event to discuss Special Operations Forces in Diplomacy. The speakers included former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Cambodia, Ambassador Charlie Ray, along with Glenn Pangelinan, founder of the Reliance Project, and Jesse Lee, Principal at the Institute for the Management of Conflict. Together, they explained the relationship between Special Operations Forces and the U.S. diplomatic corps, described the roles and importance of special operations, and shared personal testimonies about their daily tasks and experiences in these fields.  {read more}

To Carry a Torch for Lady Liberty

By John J. Tierney, Jr.

Publication Date: Friday, July 1, 2016

There’s a reason why she carries a torch, and there a reason why July 4th is associated with fire and fireworks. That reason is embedded within the fabric of American history and the cause of liberty which, from the beginning, was seen as the political “torch” that would light a fire worldwide.  {read more}

“Defeating Jihad” by Dr. Sebastian Gorka makes New York Times Best Seller List

By Sean Crowley

Publication Date: Friday, July 1, 2016

IWP professor Dr. Sebastian Gorka's book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War has become a New York Times best seller while also reaching the number one slot in Military/History/Strategy on Amazon. Dr. Gorka's book attempts to identify the true nature of the enemy that the United States has been facing since 9/11 and develop a tenable strategy for dealing with said enemy.  {read more}

The Sun Force

Life on the Frontlines With the Peshmerga's Female Fighters

By Christine Balling

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Late last year, Captain Khatoon Ali Krdr, 36, the commander of an all-female Kurdish peshmerga unit, visited a family in the village of Kocho in northern Iraqi Kurdistan to see a woman who’d had nearly everything taken away by the Islamic State (ISIS). Like Khatoon, the woman and her surviving family members are Yezidis, an ethno-religious Kurdish minority group. ISIS has long enslaved, tortured, and killed, Yezidi women.  {read more}

Paul Goble Awarded Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

By Kevin Samolsky

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On June 9, IWP professor Paul Goble was awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for his outstanding work with the U.S. government aiding policymakers in Russian affairs.  {read more}

Turkey roasts Israel

By Norman A. Bailey

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Israel has conceded Turkish demands and betrayed allies in return for illusory gains.  {read more}

The Truth About the Terror In Turkey

By Brandon Weichert

Publication Date: Monday, June 27, 2016

On June 28, 2016 shots were fired into a crowd of unsuspecting travelers at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, followed by the detonation of suicide bomb vests. Thus far, at least 36 people are dead and 150 or more injured. Despite the fact that people are unsure as to whether the attack was conducted by the Islamic State (though, IS tends to attack soft targets like airports) or the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), the fact is that Turkey’s foreign policy has played a significant role in this horrific terrorist attack.  {read more}

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