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Convergence: Fixers, Super Fixers and Shadow Facilitators

IASC Senior Fellow Douglas Farah takes you inside the social networks that operate within illicit commodity chains, and their importance to functioning of transnational criminial enterprises in this chapter of the book Convergence: Illicit Networks in the Age of Globalization,  published by the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University.read more

Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia

Read John Tkacik's chapter on Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia in Peter C.Y. Chow's new book, "The US Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations."read more

Paris, ISIS, and the Externalization of Evil

by Alex Alexiev

November 25th, 2015

Only a few days have passed since the terrorist bloodbath in Paris, but it is already clear that the conclusions France and the West have drawn from the carnage are not only wrong, but likely to guarantee more of the same. In short, they seem to believe that the terrorist acts of Nov. 13 were organized and carried out by ISIS and, therefore, destroying ISIS will prevent future terror and should become the priority. This is a dangerous delusion even if ISIS is proven to have been instrumental in the organization of the attacks, which is not the case to date. Destroying ISIS, as desirable as that is by itself, will do nothing to reverse the frightening radicalization that has taken place in the burgeoning Muslim communities in Western Europe and increasingly in the United States. A radicalization that promises more mayhem for years to come, yet one that Western authorities refuse to fess up to let alone take decisive measures against.

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