December 19, 2012
The man who nearly stopped 9/11 tells FP why Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden gets it wrong.
December 12, 2012
I read The Black Banners, which was written by an FBI agent who did the investigation of the Cole bombing. You connect with the other actor. Make sure there's trust involved and he knows he can depend upon you and rely on you, which works for the scene as well. I want to let him know, "I'm here for you at the end of the day, unburden yourself."
December 11, 2012
"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.
November 27, 2012
Opinion polls have consistently shown all the mainstream political parties are out of step with public opinion on Europe. This is in part due to millions of Britons alive today who have never had a say on the European Question, either they weren't born in 1975, the time of the last EU referendum, or they were born, but not old enough to vote. These are the great disenfranchised, a lost generation of voters shut out of the European debate by successive governments - and voters who are increasingly demanding their voices be heard.
November 21, 2012
Mark Pritchard, TSG's International Adviser, met with former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, at her Central London home, and discussed a wide range of International topics.
November 14, 2012
Ali Soufan on Fox News "Happening Now," on what's going in Syria, and looking at the broader perspective: at the local, national, and global levels.
November 9, 2012
Beyond the reshuffling of President Obama's Cabinet, another key personnel decision is looming in the administration's second term. In the coming months, Obama will decide a successor to Robert Mueller, the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover. Mueller, the only top national security official remaining in government since the 9/11 attacks, is set to leave office in 2013, after Congress took the unprecedented action of extending his 10-year term. Obama requested the extension last year to preserve some continuity in the national security structure, at a time when he was naming new executives to lead the Pentagon and CIA.
November 2, 2012
As of early November 2012, the upcoming gathering of Syrian opposition members in Doha, Qatar--under the auspices of the Arab League but at the urging of the United States--is both a logical result of a reassessment of current efforts to force the current Syrian regime from power as well as an invaluable opportunity to implement practical creativity in future efforts. From this point of view, the realization that the current make-up of the Syrian National Council (SNC) is neither adequately effective nor marginally representative of those currently fighting in Syria can be seen as a belated appreciation for the value of understanding and utilizing the principles of white-space design--normally only thought of in terms of marketing and visual design--when crafting conflict resolution tools.
October 28, 2012
Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent , was the lead interrogator in the post-9/11 investigations of al-Qaeda suspects, succeeding in getting vital information that subsequently identified and captured a number of terrorists. Author of the Black Banners: The Inside story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda, Soufan today runs a consulting company and is active on the lecture circuit on the topic of global terrorism. He was in Jakarta recently and spoke to Tempo reporters Yuli Ismartono, Reza Maulana and Jacky Rachmansyah.
October 24, 2012
Ali Soufan speaking at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in the SES course, "Beyond Al Qaeda: How to Understand and Counter Violent Extremism".