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PHARES: Bombings in Lebanon and Syria are part of a Master Campaign

A car-bomb targeting Lebanese soldiers exploded in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, this morning. Five people were killed and scores wounded in today’s attack which was carried out less than two months after a similar attack in the same city, and two days following a powerful car-bomb...

Lawyers Will Be Lawyers, Dumping More on Juries Than They Can Process

Andrew McCarthy is quoted about juries overwhelmed with evidence.

“You think, ‘This sounds so great,’ but you’ve added six weeks to the trial,” says Andrew C. McCarthy, who successfully prosecuted Omar Abdel Rahman, the famous “blind sheik,” for conspiracy in the 1993 bombing of the World...

India Terror Siege Drags On At Hotel

Walid Phares, a Senior Fellow and the director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, told CBS News that the attacks may have been intended to take pressure off Islamic militants operating inside Pakistan.

Phares explained that, as...

Why Guinea’s People Welcomed the Coup

But as the Guineans who poured into the streets to cheer the soldiers know too well, they never had democratic rule - challenges to Conté‘s civilian government were squashed by ruthless force. Guinea expert Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at...

The Addicted Palestinians

As Claudia Rosett reveals, UNRWA, originallyintended to suppply three years of relief aid, has supplied and protected the Palestinians’ addiction for almost 60 years. It has uniquely passed on refugee status to the descendants of refugees, just as alcoholism is believed to have a genetically...

Can Obama Top Bush in Africa?

Dr. J. Peter Pham offers his comments on Lesotho and Sudan.

Piracy: A Symptom of Somalia’s Deeper Problems

Dr. J. Peter Pham was mentioned in a Heritage Foundation Web Memo entitled: Piracy: A Symptom of Somalia’s Deeper Problems.

Background on the Life of Jack Kemp

Background on Jack Kemp:

· September 2001: founded non-partisan, non-profit think tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies


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Shippers Weigh Armed Response to Somali Piracy

While there have been some calls for a Somali coast guard force or even a United Nations peace keeping mission, most accept that piracy will grow in the meantime.

“The rewards last year were roughly $1 million a vessel. This year the going rate is roughly $2 million. So more and more pirates...

Somali Legislators Flee Abroad, Parliament Paralysed

“The situation has gone from bad to worse to worst, presenting the entire Horn of Africa with a security crisis of the first order,” U.S. analyst Peter Pham said in a paper.

“If the TFG (government) is ‘fiddling’ while Somalia burns, it is doing so with a full orchestral accompaniment...

National Security Conservatives Remain on Sidelines Despite Obama’s Vulnerabilities

Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, agrees with this assessment. But according to May, foreign policy conservatives have been largely silent because the Obama administration retained Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, Iraq...

Bomb Plot: When Should Authorities Have Stepped In?

In contrast with US law enforcement, British authorities have been willing to let plots more fully develop before moving against suspects, says Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, terrorism expert and vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

“Britain has had far more...

An Unconstitutional Nobel?

The anonymous comment from the White House followed the publication by the Washington Post of an op-ed article by a law professor from Chapman University, Ron Rotunda, and a fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Peter Pham, arguing that the constitutional provision in Article...

Fort Hood Senate Hearings Risk Politicizing Hasan Investigation

Some say the White House’s opposition to the Senate probe isn’t really a concern about political theater as much as staving off any scrutiny of its terrorism policy shift. After all, the “mega show” of 9/11 trials in New York “makes a Fort Hood probe look like a kindergarten’s game,” Walid...

Following Path of Least Resistance, Terrorists Turn Yemen Into Poor Man’s Afghanistan

“The Yemeni government now is facing three confrontations—one with the south, one with Al Qaeda and one in the north” that is supported by the Iranians as part of its proxy war with the West and U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, said terrorism expert Walid Phares.


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US Scholars Dissect Nigerian Threat

But scholar J. Peter Pham says there is growing concern about Nigeria’s Islamic extremism. “Although the traditional Islam of West Africa has traditionally been peaceful and heavily influenced by the Sufi brotherhoods, we have also seen in the last 15 to 20 years, increased encroachment of...

Terrorist Dropouts

For Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who worked at the al-Haramain Foundation’s Oregon office for a year before law school, a change in circumstances allowed him to reconsider his once-radical beliefs. While at al-Haramain, a nongovernmental organization with headquarters in Saudi Arabia that was...

Gas Sanctions on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz make the case for gasoline sanctions in today’s Wall Street Journal:

But let’s be honest: Gasoline and insurance sanctions are just about all we’ve really got left in the quiver. The Guard Corps elite, who oversee Iran’s nuclear program, are too well...

Senegal Shakes Down Americans. Twice

MCC, a federal program started under President George W. Bush, is intended to help well-governed developing nations. But J.P. Pham of the National Committee on American Foreign policy said Senegal seemed to be gaming the system for foreign aid dollars.

“We have a government that did...

Sudan Election Problems Spark US Fears of Unraveling Peace Deals

J. Peter Pham, the director of the Africa Project at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, sees what he calls a ‘train wreck’. The agreement, known by its initials, CPA, initially called for elections in 2008. “If the CPA had been adhered to in the spirit and the letter which it...


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