Analysis & Commentary

5th June 2009 - Briefing prepared for the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Lebanese Elections and Hezbollah’s Agenda

Tony Badran

On Sunday, June 7, Lebanon will go to the polls to elect a new parliament. News reports and analyses are abuzz with the possibility of the emergence of a new parliamentary majority comprised of a Hezbollah-led coalition.

20th May 2009

Iran Missile Test Test Shows Need for Gasoline Sanctions

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said that Iran’s successful test of a medium range missile showed the need for tough sanctions and other steps to stop Iran from importing the gasoline that it needs to fuel its economy and military.

16th May 2009

Hezbollah’s Agenda in Lebanon

Tony Badran

In recent years, from the late 1990s until the present, it has become commonplace to read and hear arguments and speculation about what Hezbollah's agenda is in Lebanon.

24th April 2009

Fixing Our Pakistan Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A deadly suicide bombing hit India's embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008. After the U.S. learned that the attack may have implicated rogue elements of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), American strategic planners decided that the U.S. needed to deliver a stern...

13th April 2009 - Briefing prepared for the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Intelligence Briefing #006: Algeria’s Elections

On April 9, 2009, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third term with 90.24% of the vote. Paving the way for his re-election, the Algerian Parliament voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that abolished presidential term

1st April 2009

Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Center for Terrorism Research has released its newest study, Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.: An Empirical Study of the Radicalization Process, by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Laura Grossman.

24th January 2009

Egyptians’ Nuanced Approach to the Gaza Crisis

Speaking with Egyptians in Cairo and the Nile Delta during my recent visit, it was evident that the war in Gaza elicited passionate expressions of anger against Israel. However, while Israel remained the primary target of Egyptian outcry, as it traditionally is, the general reaction was far...

14th January 2009

Why Energy Security Matters Despite Falling Oil Prices

Americans watched helplessly as oil reached an all-time high of over $145 a barrel in July 2008. The climb in prices was relentless: after oil broke $100 a barrel for the first time in January 2008, it seemed that each day of commodities trading brought it to a new high.

9th January 2009

Intelligence Briefing #003: Israel Attacked from the North

6th January 2009

The Superpower and Its Courts: How the Nullified Suits against Libya Show the Weaknesses of Litigati

Today, few people remember Libya's involvement in the bombing of French airline Union des Transports Aériens (UTA) Flight 772, which exploded over the Sahara desert in 1989. Though it has been called "the forgotten flight" because most attention focused on Pan Am Flight 103, the explosion of...

9th December 2008

The Role of Consensus in the Contemporary Struggle for Islam

Jordan's King Abdullah II launched an ambitious project in November 2004 designed to address some of the thorniest theological issues currently facing Muslims. The project, known as the "Amman Message," expressly holds that non-Muslims can reasonably "expect certain things from Muslims" in...

2nd December 2008

Syria Sets its Traps for the Obama Administration

In approaching Syria, the new administration will have to navigate carefully amidst myths, fantasies, and traps laid not just by the Syrians, but also by credulous experts here in the United States. The best way to do so is to assess soberly the Syrian regime's nature, interests, priorities,...

11th November 2008 - Palgrave Macmillan

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

Jonathan Schanzer

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now, this careful exploration of Middle East history over the last two...

18th October 2008

Egypt: Evolution Theory

Egyptian politics are in a state of stagnation. Despite numerous promises of reform in recent years, the government of president Hosni Mubarak has failed to embark upon a genuine opening of the political system, and hopes for reforms have faded.

9th October 2008

News from the Awakening (Part 6)

3rd October 2008

The Ripple Effect of High Oil Prices

The global economy depends on a superinfrastructure of air, land, and sea transportation networks to move basic goods, primary energy, and people across borders. The global manufacturing industry, particularly in Asia, has thrived due to the massive profits gleaned from items with a high...

30th September 2008

News from the Awakening (Part 5)

23rd September 2008

Iran’s Continuing Threat

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will arrive in New York to address the 63rd United Nations General Assembly. At a time when world leaders are meeting to discuss the most pertinent global issues, it is important to remember the threat that Iran poses to international peace and security...

22nd September 2008

Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While biofuels offer a drop-in alternative to oil in the short run, the long-term energy security of this country requires us to leverage technological innovations to achieve greater efficiency. In their 2008 book Apollo's Fire, Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks make a persuasive case that...

19th September 2008

From Energy Crisis To Energy Security

Clifford D. May, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

American dependence on oil sends hundreds of billions of dollars overseas every year, forces the U.S. to put its troops in harm's way, and undermines American diplomatic efforts. As the United States experiences rapidly increasing oil and commodities prices, coupled with sluggish economic...


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