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Mysterious Cargo Aboard Iranian Ship Seized by Pirates Raises WMD Concerns

“I’m not saying it’s impossible that this has happened, but I’d take anything they say with a great deal of salt,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University. “They have made fanciful claims before in the hopes of...

Hizballah Calls for Referendum on its Weapons

Hizballah, the Iranian-Syrian-backed Shia terrorist organization - perhaps the best-organized, most heavily-financed, most-dangerous organization on the U.S. State Department’s designated terrorist list - has called for a national referendum on whether-or-not the issue of its...

As threat of germ warfare looms, commission devises plan

“It’s not about a sensationalist prediction,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a researcher at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. “You have a congressional commission come forward with the knowledge that terrorism with unconventional weapons is a growing danger.”

Gartenstein-Ross...

Ghana Leader Urges Calm Amid Presidential Revote

Africa expert Peter Pham said it will be crucial “for the loser to concede graciously and for the victor to accept his win in a restrained manner.”

“The closeness of the poll ... indicates a sharp divide and the need for both sides to work together to preserve what has been a hitherto model...

Zubrin Says Mandatory Flex-Fuel Autos Can Lead to Energy Indepedence

Robert Zubrin’s plan for winning the war on terror and breaking free of oil dependence is to require that all new vehicles sold in the country be flex-fueled.

Zubrin, an astronautical engineer and author of “Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil,” laid out his...

The Kingdom of Jordan: Intra-Faith Dialogue, Inter-Faith Diplomacy

For example, King Abdullah II called a July 2005 conference in Amman and brought together roughly 200 Muslim scholars from 50 countries to discuss apostasy-known as takfir to Muslims. A key conclusion reached by this group-that Sunni and Shia alike are Muslims-has broad ramifications for...

Should the U.S. Engage Dangerous Regimes?

“The Syrian regime is not even hiding it,” said Middle East expert Walid Phares. “It is strategically supporting terror forces in the region. It openly supports Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza—not just by weapons and finances, but also by having training camps inside Syria.”

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Obama to Keep Tribunals; Stance Angers Some Backers

Like Mr. Obama’s about-face on Wednesday, when he decided not to release photographs documenting detainee abuse, the announcement Friday on tribunals left the administration in the awkward position of being cautiously praised by some adversaries and harshly rebuked by some usual allies.

The...

Two Sudans Are Better Than One

By contrast, notes J. Peter Pham, an Africanist and defense expert at James Madison University, the southerners, while desperately poor and ill-equipped, held off the northerners for decades, and even the Darfuris are still standing. And this is despite absolutely fantastic crimes committed...

Military Commissions System ‘Broken’: Former Guantanamo Prosecutor

Vandeveld said that even the “good faith effort at revision” passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] last month leaves in place “provisions that are illegal and unconstitutional, undermine defendants’ basic fair trial rights,” and “harm the reputation of the United...

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

The authors of “Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.” - both members of the Center for Terrorist Research of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies - offer readers an empirical approach to the radicalization of 117 homegrown terrorists, individuals born or raised in the West....

FACTBOX - U.S. Weighs Sanctions Options for Iran

INSURERS AND SHIPPERS

Washington and its allies have discussed targeting shippers and companies that insure cargo to Iran, including shipments of refined oil.

Some analysts see this as a particularly promising area.

‘It’s difficult to ship without insurance and reinsurance,’ said Mark Dubowitz,...

U.S. Needs More Troops in Afghanistan

Walid Phares, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says the United States needs to send more troops to Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban.

America also needs to continue providing aid to Pakistan, he said.

“The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan do coordinate....

Pirates Pose Deadly Threat in Gulf of Guinea

“It’s a different dynamic in West Africa. The real object is the commercial goods—critically oil,” J. Peter Pham, an African security advisor to U.S. and European governments and private companies, said.

“There is no compelling logic to keep a crew alive when what you are really after is the...

Frustration And Radical Ideology May Have Motivated Nigerian Suspected Bomber, Professor Says

The suspect in the attempted bombing, Farouk Abdul Mutallab, is in his early twenties.  Was there anything his family or community could have done to stop his actions? Did his family or friends do enough to help and shield him from extremists views?

“A young man who has frustration could...

Cold Desert Nights

Wherever there’s an American vacuum, the Saudis are apt to stumble into trouble. Now that American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Iraq, Riyadh and Syria share an interest in bringing down Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whose Interior Ministry has named both countries as suspected...

Revolution In The Air

“We talk to Iranian dissidents all the time, and what they are most worried about are ineffectual half-measures that call into question American commitment and only embolden, rather than undermine, the Iranian regime,” Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Iran Energy Project said in...

Must We Waste Another Year?

The United States is re-establishing ties with Damascus and hoping to lure Syria away from Iran, but Lebanese scholar Tony Badran warns the Obama administration that Syria’s President Bashar Assad is laying a trap. The U.S., he writes in NOW Lebanon, needs to avoid making concessions until...

Iranian Issues on the Front Burner

Roots of an Iraqi’s Reputation as ‘Saddam Lite’

Just before Mr. Allawi took office in June 2004, Seymour Hersh reported in The New Yorker that his past also reportedly included a stint with Iraq’s intelligence agency, the Mukhabarat, before his falling out with the Baath Party.

His credentials as a neurologist, and his involvement...

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