Category: Counterterrorism

No Defeat Jihad Summit strategy author was invited to White House CVE summit

Among the many experts and practitioners invited to participate in the White House’s Countering Violent Extremism strategy summit, not one was involved with the Defeat Jihad Summit strategy sponsored earlier this month. This is significant, as the Defeat Jihad Summit authors approach the issue as an ideological one, requiring ideological warfare – something that the White House has opposed. Equally...

Nigeria called for ‘strategic relationship’ with US in 2011-2012

Members of the US Congress in 2015 are calling for the President to devise a “strategy” against Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. They are correct to do so. However the record should show that Nigeria asked the US for a “strategic relationship” to “destroy” Boko Haram years before, in 2011 and 2012. The US did not respond favorably. Frustrated with...

InFocus: America’s ‘provocative weakness’

The Jewish Policy Center ran my article, “America’s ‘provocative weakness,’” in the winter edition of its quarterly journal, InFocus. The piece relates to how US strategy toward dealing with Russia (presuming that there is a strategy), and important foreign policy positions concerning Iran, Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood and Europe, are playing into the Kremlin’s hands and giving Vladimir Putin an...

Join me at the US Capitol building for strategy conference on Al Qaeda and Ikhwan

Join me and eight other experts at the United States Capitol building on Friday, September 6, for a day-long conference on Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: A New American Strategy. Sponsored by the Westminster Institute, the conference addresses the failure of US policy in the Middle East and Africa, a policy that centers on the belief that supporting “non-violent”...

From my former students: Active Measures 2013

Congratulations to my former students, who have put together the second issue of Active Measures journal. It’s available now on Amazon. The journal was, but is no longer, associated with a blog, ActiveMeasures.org. Active Measures is a scholarly journal founded and run by graduate students studying with my former employer, where I was Annenberg Professor of International Communication for 13...

Publishing opportunity for your terrorism papers

Any of my students who have written first-rate papers concerning terrorism or counterterrorism are encouraged to submit them for consideration to the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis under the overall topic, “Beyond Terror: Security in the Post-Bin Laden World.” This is a very nice opportunity, with a chance to share research and make new colleagues. Details appear below: 9TH Annual...

Alinsky, jailed political warriors, and Guantanamo

Jail time is valuable for a busy and distracted political warrior to rest, organize his thoughts, and develop his philosophy. Here’s what Saul Alinsky has to say about it: “. . . a periodic removal from circulation by being jailed is an essential element in the development of the revolutionary. The one problem that the revolutionary cannot cope with by...

MAJ Nidal Hasan: He described his threat doctrine in Army powerpoint long before Fort Hood

Fort Hood jihadist MAJ Nidal Hasan described his ideology in a powerpoint presentation to his fellow soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He outlined his threat doctrine long before he shot up Fort Hood.  Download MAJ Hasan Slides Because he didn’t describe it as a “threat doctrine” but merely as an expression of religious belief, the Army took no action...

History shows us how to fight the Islamist offensive

Ideological warfare makes many Americans uncomfortable and offends others, so when faced with a totalitarian ideological threat, we choose to accommodate or kill. But do we over-kill? Absolutely. Do we unnecessarily accommodate, as with the Muslim Brotherhood? Certainly. Are we in a new kind of war? No. Not really. It’s the same type of war we fought against the Communists;...

Catch-and-release: US tactical game with Taliban won’t produce a strategic victory

From the initial reports, it looks like another case of mirror-imaging, in which we think the enemy sees and understands things the same way we do. The Washington Post reports today that the US has been releasing top Taliban leaders to the enemy for years, in exchange for an unenforceable promise to renounce violence. According to the Post, “As the...