The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda
Propaganda used by terrorists and armed groups is not always the most sophisticated or nuanced form of rhetoric, but with the right mix of emotion and logic it can be extremely effective in motivating supporters and frightening opponents. This talk examines how terrorist groups use propaganda and have adapted to new communication technology.
The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier
Hassan Abbas is Professor of International Security Studies and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs. His latest book is The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier.
The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology
Ibn Warraq is a fellow at the Westminster Institute, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a contributing editor to The New English Review, and on the Advisory Board of Project Reason: Spreading Science and Secular Values.
After ISIS, the Future of Iraq in the Hands of Iran
Michael Pregent is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer with more than 28 years of experience working security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, served as a liaison officer in Egypt during the 2000 Intifada, as a counter-insurgency intelligence officer at CENTCOM in 2001, and as a company commander in Afghanistan in 2002.
Will China overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower?
David Goldman is an American economist, music critic, and author, best known for his series of online essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler. He is the Wax Family Fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Sino-Israel Government Network and Academic Leadership (SIGNAL).