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A Coffee Shop on the Israeli-Al Qaeda Border

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The last time I was on the Israeli-Syrian border looking at the ruined Syrian city of Quneitra was thirty years ago. I was fifteen and taking a summer course in Israel. 

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Overhyping ISIS

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Middle East is experiencing a major transformation, of which radicalism is only a symptom.  


The Heroism Of Effective Logistics: A Dispatch From Kerem Shalom

by Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We witnessed a moving scene today—if the loading and unloading of trucks amid looming concrete security barriers can ever really be moving: A major joint Palestinian-Israeli operation to route goods into the Gaza Strip.

Hoover senior fellow Thomas Sowell
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Dr. Thomas Sowell's Greatest Fear

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Rush Limbaugh Show
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RUSH: Oh, folks, I have got to tell you, I interviewed Dr. Thomas Sowell yesterday afternoon, after the program for the next issue of The Limbaugh Letter. Now, normally I would tease you with what he said as a means of hyping the purchase of subscriptions, but because I don't look at you people as pockets and dollar signs, I'm gonna tell you this.

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How al-Qaeda Works Like The Boy Scouts

quoting Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Atkinsvia Washington Post
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Matthew Atkins was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, on his way to full colonel, with 20 years of intelligence and counter-terrorism experience. He was frustrated. Time and again, he had watched the U.S. military take out leaders of al-Qaeda and other terror cells. And time and again, he had watched those cells regroup.

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Assault On Israel Shifts From Warfare To Lawfare

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, November 28, 2014

TEL AVIV -- Last summer Hamas launched against Israel another round of warfare. The Jewish state responded with Operation Protective Edge. In the wake of that 50-day military conflict, international actors are launching against Israel another round of “lawfare.”

Moral Hazard and the Obama Doctrine

by James D. Fearonvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The U.S. war against ISIL risks helping the enemy in the long run by lessening locals’ incentives to develop their own military and state capabilities, and that it also helps with the enemy’s recruitment and PR. The more the U.S. does militarily, the less our friends and allies in the region do.

Thoughts on Unconventional Threats and Terrorism

by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberryvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The term “unconventional threat” has often been an imprecise classification tool and has led to a focus on tactics at the expense of strategy in the U.S. struggle against transnational terrorists groups like Al Qaeda.  Combating transnational terrorism requires properly evaluating the threat terrorism poses, a deep understanding of geopolitical context surrounding a transnational terrorist group, and a willingness to be flexible in the tools used to mitigate risk, including focusing on improving countermeasures in the homeland. 

In This Arab Time, by Ajami

Samuel Tadros on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 21, 2014

Islamism and the International Order Working Group Member Samuel Tadros remembers Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show.


Bing West on the John Batchelor Show (28:54)

interview with Bing West via John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Military History Working Group Member Bing West discusses the war against ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.