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How Al Qaeda is Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds

With the death of Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born Somali militant, Al Qaeda recruitment efforts in the West are a diminishing security threat. On September 12th, Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born al-Shabaab

Middle East/North Africa Security

Libya’s Government and Militias Vie for Power

Almost two years after former Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed, the political situation in the country is not living up to the promise of the revolution. The

Middle East/North Africa Security

Karzai Consolidates Power before 2014 Elections

Following a summer of promising electoral reforms, President Hamid Karzai is now moving to broker peace talks with the Taliban following years of failed attempts. The Taliban were removed from power

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will a Moderate Iran Ease Regional Tensions?

A recent Global Risk Insights post discussed an apparent softening of rhetoric on the part of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Whether or not that apparent

Middle East/North Africa Security

Op-Ed: The US Has No Coherent Strategy in Syria

When Congress returns from vacation on September 9th, it will begin to debate an appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. President Obama warned last year that Syria should

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. Air Force expands Asia Pacific presence

The United States has worked to enhance its military positioning in the Asia-Pacific as part of its strategic “pivot”. Last month, the Saipan Tribune wrote that the U.S. Air Force

Asia Pacific Security

Kaesong Industrial Complex key to Inter-Korea relations

On the 15th of August, talks between North and South Korea reached a deal to reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), which has been closed since April this year. Operations will

Asia Pacific Security

US-Philippines Military Cooperation Ensures Trade Stability

The United States and the Philippines began negotiations last Wednesday to increase the rotational US military presence in the country. These discussions hope to secure a “framework agreement” that would

Middle East/North Africa Security

Despite Recent Progress, Instability Persists in Somalia

Just one year ago, Somalia, which has weathered near-constant conflict of varying intensity since 1991, looked poised to finally emerge from the cycle of violence and economic despair. A new

Asia Pacific Security

Trade to Benefit from Japan-India Strategic Alliance

The trend towards a growing alliance between Japan and India has gained momentum for some time, due to ongoing developments in the region involving China. Much focus in the international