The Myth of the Caliphate

The Political History of an Idea By Nick Danforth  November 19, 2014 Abdulhamid II, who would become one of the last Ottoman sultans and caliphs, as a prince in 1867. (W.&D. DOWNEY / Jebulon) The Myth of the Caliphate15 min 16 secs +ADD TO PLAYLISTBUY AUDIO VERSION In 1924, Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk officially abolished…

How Well Does China Control Its Military?

Questions about coordination at the operational level have some significant implications.By Johannes Feige November 14, 2014 Image Credit: REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic Developments in East Asia in recent years hint at the possibility that communication between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is not all that it might be when it comes…

Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt

Samuel Tadros The problem is not that Egyptians are averse to liberalism, it’s that no one has offered them the option, says Hudson Institute analyst Samuel Tadros. Democracy assistance too often comprised technical training rather than genuinely political aid, he contends in this extract from his new book, Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt. The…

Sisi’s Secret Islamism

The Rhetoric and Reality of Egypt’s New President By Robert Springborg May 26, 2014 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a television interview in Cairo on May 6, 2014. (Courtesy Reuters) Egyptians have long known that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, deputy prime minister of Egypt and former minister of defense, would win their country’s presidential election, but he…

Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game

Leon Aron | American Enterprise Institute May 01, 2014 Reuters Key points in this Outlook: Vladimir Putin is exploiting the Ukrainian revolution—specifically, by manufacturing “crises” in Crimea and eastern Ukraine and nationalist euphoria and anti-Western paranoia at home—to fashion a more repressive and increasingly unpredictable Russian dictatorship for life. With the Russian economy heading for…

Libya in Chaos: Between Tribalism and Federalism

Alessandro Bruno – Apr 23, 14 Geopoliticalmonitor.com  The ‘Jamahiriya’, the odd republic that former Libyan leader Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi created in accordance to a ‘model’ he conceived and expressed in his seminal “Green Book” – based on his Third Universal Theory, functioning as a kind of Constitution for Libya – was at best described as a…

Assad’s Hurricane: A Profile of the Paramilitary Wing of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party

  Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 6   March 20, 2014 07:11 PM Age: 9 days  By: Chris Zambelis   Files:    TerrorismMonitorVol12Issue6.pdf     Greater Syria to the SSNP (Source: Wikipedia user Roxana)   The presence of numerous auxiliary forces fighting alongside the regular Syrian military and security services against the armed opposition to…