Rightsizing the Transnational Jihadist Threat

Sinai militia carrying al-Qaeda flags head for a funeral of killed militants (Hisham Allam/IPS)

by Sam Heller A recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has warned that the worldwide jihadist menace is more dangerous than ever. The November 2018 report, “The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat”, estimates there may… Continue Reading  

Our Man in Riyadh

John Abizaid (Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo via Wikimedia Commons)

by Andrew Bacevich What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot. Abizaid’s proposed appointment is both a… Continue Reading  

Conversations with an Ex-Soldier of the Islamic State

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by Giorgio Cafiero During May and June 2018, I met an incarcerated ex-fighter for the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) from North Africa in a Turkish “deportation center.” He had fought in major battles in Syria and Iraq beginning in… Continue Reading  

Astronomy: The Outer Frontier of Saudi Liberalization

Richard Branson

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State Threat to Hamas

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by Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero At the beginning of January, the offshoot of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) in the Egyptian Sinai released a 22-minute execution video titled “Community of Abraham.” The victim was an alleged Hamas collaborator.… Continue Reading