Category: Non-violence

The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities

Want to discover the vulnerabilities of the Muslim Brotherhood? Study its doctrine, strategy and operations worldwide. That’s what I set out to do in my chapter, “The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities,” appearing in the newly published book, Meeting the Ideological Challenges of Islamism: How to Combat Modern Radical Islam. The work was edited by Anna Bekele and...

Forward defense for frontline states: Exploit Russia’s internal vulnerabilities

In the face of unprovoked danger from Moscow, NATO’s front-line states should exploit Russia’s internal weaknesses to deter external aggression. Visiting Lithuania last week as a guest of the foreign ministry, I urged the country’s leaders and its growing online community to be assertive in the face of Russian subversion of their small country. Moscow has begun a propaganda campaign...

Attacking NATO where it has no defense

Russia’s successful subversion and partition of Ukraine can be replicated inside NATO countries without triggering the collective defense provisions of Article 5 of the Alliance’s treaty. We commented on this in a recent piece titled “Against All Odds: Why Putin is Winning.” In that article, we noted a concern by Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of experts on nationalities...

Infiltration of North Korea: The subversive Choco-Pie

Policymakers in the US often throw up their hands in frustration about how to get through to seemingly impenetrable North Korea, but a South Korean businessmen figured out a way. He had his staff hand out priceless treasures to North Korean workers: Coca-Cola and the Choco Pie. The Choco Pie is a chocolate-covered marshmallow-cookie sandwich that costs about 50 cents...

Iran presidential elections don’t matter, Waller tells Arabic TV

Iran’s elections being held today are illegitimate because all candidates are approved by the mullahs who control the regime, an IWP professor tells a US public diplomacy TV channel. (Institute of World Politics news release) “It doesn’t matter who wins the presidential elections in Iran,” Provost J. Michael Waller says on Alhurra, an Arabic-language satellite TV channel broadcast to the Middle East. “Every...

Muslim Brotherhood can’t take a joke – so let’s keep joking

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi depended on protesters to ridicule the regime he targeted in Egypt, but now that he has become the Egyptian regime, he’s showing he fears the power of ridicule as a political weapon. Morsi had local comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef set up to be prosecuted for “insulting” him (and Islam) on March 30 of this...

Syrian artists’ lethal weapon against regime: Satire

Faced with no real journalism and a weak Internet presence, Syrian artists have become increasingly courageous in skewering the Ba’athist Assad regime with a psychologically lethal weapon: Satire. As if to verify the artists’ effectiveness at psychological warfare, the regime in Damascus has responded with horrific brutality. Regime agents broke the hands of an opposition political cartoonist, mutilated and murdered...

Watching civil unrest is an important intelligence function

With Russians taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers since the last days of the Soviet Union, it’s important to analyze civil unrest so that our national leaders can exploit opportunities and influence events to change the corrupt and aggressive regime dominated by Vladimir Putin. There is excellent precedent for doing so. Monitoring civil unrest around the world can provide...

Leaked Iranian intelligence report reveals fratricide and corruption

A leaked classified report by Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi reveals intense fratricide at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic, as well as staggering levels of official corruption. The report, made public by a reformist dissident news organization inside Iran, has received little publicity in the outside world. The reformist news group, GreenCorrespondents.com, provides a full context and commentary...

Crooked mullahs: Khamenei places his son in control of Iran’s oil

It’s a classic case of an isolated elite in a dying regime, fighting over the spoils of the nation’s wealth. Iran’s petrodollars are now under the direct personal control of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his son, and his most trusted inner circle. The Khamenei family has taken control of every aspect of Iran’s oil and gas industry, keeping all contracts,...