In the prologue of Talking to Terrorists, Mark Perry promises to tell two different stories with the same meaning: "how U.S.
It is an honor once again to make the concluding remarks at the annual US-Arab Policymakers Conference. I do so, of course, as an individual and as an American concerned with the implications of events in the Gulf region, not on behalf of any organization or group with which I am affiliated.
I join all here today in commending IFANS for its collaboration with the Korean Association for Middle East Studies. The Middle East is, without question, a decisive factor in global politics and economics.
Not so long ago — before I was sprayed by political skunks and had to excuse myself to avoid subjecting others to the stench of political vilification — I had occasion to spend some time thinking about intelligence, in the sense of the analysis of information relevant to statecraft.
Yemen had a bad 2009, culminating in a claim of responsibility by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda franchise for the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack above Detroit.
Roy Gutman, now foreign editor for McClatchy newspapers, has written a narrative history of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan from the Soviet withdrawal to the 9/11 attacks. It is a painstakingly researched book with a great many interviews and references to original documentation.
In A Path out of the Desert, Kenneth Pollack posits as his central thesis that the Muslim Middle East is in a “pre-revolutionary” state, on the verge of civil strife unless the United States begins serious long-term efforts to instigate reform.
Mark Juergensmeyer, professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has written another important work usefully integrating his previous conceptual contributions and insights on religion and political violence with some new empirical evidence.