Prospects for Iran’s New Direction

Authored by Keir Giles.   Added February 20, 2015 Type: Letort Papers 61 Pages Download Format: PDF Cost: Free Send this page to a colleague. Alert me when similar studies are published Brief Synopsis View the Executive Summary This monograph, completed ahead of the November 2014 deadline, examines some of the underlying factors which will…

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…

Iran tips hand about structure of secret services

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI October 15, 2014 1:40 PM TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran drew back the veil — if slightly — over its intelligence services on Wednesday, with its top nuclear security official crediting them for helping protect the Islamic Republic‘s atomic program from attempts at sabotage. In a first, Iran provided public information…

Al Qaeda-linked group urged Lebanon attacks against Hezbollah before Wednesday bombing

June 26, 2014 3:33 AM Firefighters put out a fire at Duroy hotel as people watch from windows following a bomb attack, in Raouche, … DUBAI (Reuters) – The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades had urged Lebanese Sunni Muslims to attack the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah a day before Wednesday’s suicide bombing in central Beirut.…

ISIS in Iraq: Sectarian Tsunami or Regional Rivalry?

Rajeev Agarwal While the US, EU, and Russia were squabbling over the future of Ukraine over the past few months, the West Asia region was in stalemated position with the Syrian crisis nowhere near resolution and a sense of fatigue and frustration setting in throughout the region. Meanwhile, almost unnoticed, Iraq underwent its parliamentary elections…

Fragile States Index

Iran is up, America is down. North Korea isn’t as bad as you think. But what do numbers rating the stability of a country really mean? Index by the Fund for Peace — Illustrations by Luke Shuman » Part 1: Rankings and Map » Part 2: Notable Changes and Scores » Part 3: Postcards from…

The Global Threat Network and the Politics of Contraband

Risky Business: The Global Threat Network and the Politics of Contraband Scott Helfstein with John Solomon THE COMBATING TERRORISM CENTER AT WEST POINT http://www.ctc.usma.edu May 2014 3  Contents Author Acknowledgments ………………………………………………………………….. 5 Executive Summary ………………………………………………………………………….. 6. Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………….. 10