Iran in Latin America: Threat or Axis of Annoyance?

Senior Fellow Douglas Farah's analysis of the debate over the level of threat posed by Iran's expanding diplomatic, trade and military presence in Latin America, and its stated ambition to continue to broaden these ties.read more

Chinese Naval Modernization: Altering the Balance of Power

Richard Fisher details China's naval modernization program and the potential impacts on U.S. interests in the Western Pacific.read more

Terrorism, Homeland Security & Government Projects

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Defining Terrorism: Perfection as Enemy of the Possible
by Wayne McCormack and Jeffrey Breinholt

Published on January 17th, 2007
For the past couple of decades, the world has been striving for a single, all-encompassing definition of terrorism. The current venue for these efforts is the United Nations General Assembly, embroiled in a prolonged unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism, originally proposed by India in 1996. The committee assigned to crafting final language for this treaty adjourned in late November 2006, and is next scheduled to meet in February 2007. The competing sides in this controversy are each seeking the perfect definition for their respective purposes and making no progress, while there may be a possible definition on which they could compromise.read more
The Growing Terrorism Challenges From Latin America
by Douglas Farah

Published on February 18th, 2007
Latin America is often near the bottom of U.S counter-terrorism priorities. No terrorist attacks against the United States have originated from there or been carried out by Latin American nationals. Yet there are several reasons that recent trends in Latin America pose significant threats to the United States. read more
Islamism and Stratagem
by John J. Dziak, Ph.D

Published on April 6th, 2007
A running reflection on the intelligence and counterintelligence problems posed by resurgent, militant Islam, especially in the post-9/11 era, that offers observations on these intelligence problems with an effort to identify and make sense of the deceptive dimensions therein. Such dimensions include not only active deception and manipulation activities undertaken by our adversaries, but the proclivities inherent in the doctrinal aspects of militant Islam itself. In that sense Islamic stratagems against the West are both explicit and implied within the theocratic culture of Islam. But they also embrace a tendency among much of the media and within US policy and intelligence to deny that there’s even a problem in the first place. These reflections draw on the author’s experience in intelligence and counterintelligence and graduate school teaching of the same subjects for over four decades.read more
The Role of Sudan in Islamist Terrorism: A Case Study
by Douglas Farah

Published on April 13th, 2007
On March 14, 2007, a federal judge ruled that the government of Sudan was liable for the Oct. 12, 2000 al Qaeda bombing of the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen. The trial lasted less than two days and the government of Sudan chose not to respond to any of the allegations. Its motions for dismissal, based on the argument that too much time had passed from the actual bombing and killing of the 17 U.S. military personnel and the filing of the suit, were dismissed. The case and verdict are important because they helped spotlight the many different roles Sudan has played and continues to play in supporting Islamist radicalism and violent jihad against the non-Islamic world.read more
Briefly: Ataturk and Turkey’s Problems
by Arthur Waldron, Ph.D

Published on May 3rd, 2007
A Turkish professor is quoted this morning as saying that the current political crisis in his country is simply another stage in a struggle that "Turkey has been fighting against radical Islam almost since the founding of the Ottoman Empire." Something like this view frames much contemporary discussion: the rationalist and democratic national hero Ataturk eighty years ago dragging Turkey into modernity, against the protests of ignorant and obscurantist partisans of the Ottomans, the Caliphate, and Islam in general.read more
Overlooked History: Islam, Warrantless Wiretaps, and Organized Violence
by Jeffrey Breinholt

Published on July 27th, 2007
As a legal researcher, I am constantly amazed at how many modern issues we think are unique to our time have been debated in the past and are discussed in old American court opinions. A few years ago, I wrote a law review article which described this phenomenon in relation to the then-hot debates on the USA PATRIOT Act. In it, I argued that the very same points then being made by critics of American counterterrorism efforts had been tried (and resolved) non-stop over the past 50 years, and that these critics should visit the law library before throwing around such words as "unprecedented." Lately, in the course of my ongoing research on Islam in the U.S. courts, I stumbled on another set of cases that demonstrate this dynamic. These cases involve whether Islam is, doctrinally, a religion of peace, and the implications and consequences of warrantless wiretapping by the FBI. Sound familiar?read more
The Challenge of Failed and Failing States, The Muslim Brotherhood and Radical Islam*
by Douglas Farah

Published on July 11th, 2007
The emergence of a generation of radical Islamist movements, the root of which is the Muslim Brootherhood, is fueld by twin, seemlingly contradictory phenomena: global integration through free trade, the dawn of the Internet age and mass migrations; and global disintegration as states implode, government structures fracture under the accumulated scourges of corruption, poverty and renewed ethnic rivalries, and the massive traffic in small weapons that gives more and more groups the possibility of waging conflict at very little cost.read more
Muslim Asylum Claims in U.S. Courts: A Legal Examination
by Jeffrey Breinholt

Published on October 8th, 2007
Is the U.S. a force of good in the Muslim world?This very question would seem outlandish to Al Qaida and to many of today’s foreign policy commentators. However, the answer is not so obviously answered in the negative. If one looks at the history of Islam in American courts, one notices a number of federal judicial opinions over the last decade involving Muslims who fear being deported by United States because of what will happen to them at the hands of fellow Muslims in their home countries.The situation is not reversed.With the exception of individual Americans who have been indicted by grand juries here, there are no overseas American refugee populations.That fact alone should give comfort to those who get tired of hearing the U.S. criticized for what we are doing in the Middle East.We have plenty of Muslims here, and they have no interest in going home, even when home happens to be an Islamic country.read more
“To Our Great Detriment”
Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad
by Stephen C. Coughlin, Esq.

Published on July 2nd, 2007
In comments made at the National Defense University on 1 December 2005, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace explained to his audience the importance of “understand[ing] the nature of the enemy” if we hope to defeat jihadi extremists.  Comparing our situation today, with that faced by an earlier generation who had to deal with the reality of the Nazi threat, General Pace suggested a simple solution to complying with his injunction:  “read what our enemies have said.  Remember Hitler….  He said in writing exactly what his plan was that we collectively ignored to our great detriment (emphasis added).”  Just as we ignored Hitler’s articulation of his strategic doctrine in Mein Kampf, so too are we on the verge of suffering a similar fate today, if we fail to seriously assess the extremist threat based on jihadi strategic doctrine.read more
Bank Liability Under the Anti-Terrorism Act
Dispelling the “Routine Banking Services” Defense in Material Support Cases
by Stephen I. Landman

Published on February 2nd, 2008
Historically, the responsibility for punishing individuals and entities that aided terrorists has fallen to the government.  President Bush picked up where previous administrations had left off and implemented an “unprecedented international campaign to deter and dismantle the sources of terrorist financing.”  Since that time, both the executive and legislative branches have publicly directed law enforcement officials to remain pro-active in pursuing terrorists and their private supporters. As a result of this focus, government prosecutors have announced “substantial progress not only in disrupting the activities of potential terrorists and their supporters but closing off whole avenues that terrorists have used to sustain themselves in the United States.”  Despite these achievements, impediments to destroying the terrorist’s financial infrastructure still remain.  The war on terrorist finances is virtually without borders, and must be fought accordingly. The United States has devoted tremendous federal resources to shutting down the financiers of terrorist groups and has been largely successful.  Private citizens victimized by acts of terrorism believe that more can still be done. They have taken up arms against this support structure, focusing their attention on the one industry that is vital to terrorist organizations—financial institutions.read more
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