There are two strategic - and interconnected - drivers that define the trajectory of Chinese policy: energy security and unemployment. China's economy now consumes more oil than either Europe or the U.S., and 50% of that oil is imported from the Middle East and North Africa (by comparison, the U.S. imports 25% of its current requirements). If crude oil stays at or near its current price levels, then China will be spending more on oil than it earns in export revenues to the U.S., a turn of events that could force higher levels of unemployment and social discontent...
Ali Soufan and the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) report is cited in a report published by the British Parliament's Home Affairs Committee, entitled "The Roots of Violent Radicalisation."
In the moral atlas of Cullen Murphy, the road to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and the secret "black sites" of the war on terror begins in Montsegur, a fortress in the foothills of the Pyrenees. There, in 1244, a French army assembled at the behest of the Roman Catholic Church besieged several hundred Cathars. Their sect's heresy was dualism, a belief in both a beneficent God and an equivalent evil deity. Enticed into surrendering by the promise that their followers would be spared, the Cathars were burned alive on a pyre...
The outcome of the uprising in Syria has the potential to revolutionize Israel's relations with her neighbors and turn the Middle East upside down for the better - if the current Syrian leader, Bashar Assad, survives. It would, however, require the type of foresight and deft diplomacy rarely seen anywhere these days, let alone in the Middle East...
WASHINGTON, DC - January 25, 2012 - Mr. William Dokurno, NESA Center State Department Fellow, served as moderator of the first panel this afternoon of the Conference on the Proposed International Center of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE CoE) entitled "Lessons Learned and Good Practices in Curriculum Development and Training Methodologies." He introduced the role training methodologies in combating extremism...