Imagining a World Where a Muslim Registry is Real

January 24, 2017

This is what happens if the Trump administration follows up on its Muslim registry proposal. During his campaign, President Donald Trump assumed an aggressive stance toward Islamic terrorism and Muslims in general as a cornerstone of his security policy. Starting with his plan to “bomb the...

Putin Makes an Offer Trump Can’t Refuse

January 17, 2017

A mutual disregard for principled politics will unite Presidents Putin and Trump. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have one thing in common: they are both unburdened by principles. Trump’s election threatens to bring America down to Putin’s level where only self interest counts. They both...

How to Salvage US Interests in Syria

January 17, 2017

Short of a full military victory by one side or the other, there is no prospect of Syria being stitched back together soon. When it started in 2011, the Syrian protest movement against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria was entirely domestic and mostly peaceful. I was there and observed...

Identifying Global Terrorism Trends

December 19, 2016

What is behind the rise in terrorism across the globe? This November, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the Global Terrorism Index 2016, the latest of its yearly reports laying out year-on-year statistical trends in worldwide terrorism. The report draws from a comprehensive...

America’s Outdated Special Relationship With Saudi Arabia

November 02, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this fourth part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the US-Saudi special...

Inside America’s Invisible Government

November 01, 2016

Those in power in America do not like to see the status quo challenged. The American journalist Edward Bernays is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psychoanalysis, it was Bernays who coined the term “public relations” as a...

Why Women Are the Missing Link in Countering Extremism

October 27, 2016

Counterterrorism strategy in the Middle East and North Africa can no longer avoid the involvement of women. According to the World Bank, 48.3% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is female. Yet despite their prominent place in society—and the fact that women and...