The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier

The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier Hassan Abbas Register for his talk here Hassan Abbas is Professor of International Security Studies and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at National Defense University’s College … Continue reading



The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology

The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology Ibn Warraq Register for his talk here Author Ibn Warraq‘s most recent book is The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology. In it, he … Continue reading



After ISIS: The Future of Iraq in the Hands of Iran

After ISIS, The Future of Iraq in the Hands of Iran Michael Pregent See his talk here 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 … Continue reading



Will China overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower?

Will China overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower? David Goldman See his talk here David Goldman is an American economist, music critic, and author, best known for his series of online essays in the Asia Times under the … Continue reading



Underestimating Sudan and What That Means to the Region, the U.S., and the World

Underestimating Sudan and What That Means to the Region, the U.S., and the World Faith McDonnell See her talk here At the Institute of Religion and Democracy since 1993, Faith McDonnell is the Director of Religious Liberty Programs and of … Continue reading



Israel: How Was David Made into Goliath? How the World Turned Against Israel

Israel: How Was David Made into Goliath? How the World Turned Against Israel Joshua Muravchik See his talk here Dr. Joshua Muravchik is a Distinguished Fellow at the World Affairs Institute and teaches at the Institute of World Politics. Formerly, he … Continue reading



Understanding Islamist Radical Terrorism

Understanding Islamist Radical Terrorism Wibawanto Nugroho See his talk here Indonesia contains the world’s largest Muslim population. Yet insufficient attention has been paid to how it sees the threat of radical Islam, a subject that Wibawanto Nugroho has studied deeply. He … Continue reading



The Security Challenges for Lebanon and the Surrounding Area

The Security Challenges for Lebanon and the Surrounding Area Major General Abbas Ibrahim See his talk here Major General Abbas Ibrahim is head of Lebanon’s Directorate of General Security (DGS), which Asharq al-Awsat calls “The Eyes and Ears of the … Continue reading



The Future of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurdish Independence Referendum, Women’s Rights, and What Happened under ISIS in Iraq

The Future of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurdish Independence Referendum, Women’s Rights, and What Happened under ISIS in Iraq Sarwah Abdulwahed Qadir 7:30 pm-8:45 pm September 13, 2017 Watch her talk here Sarwah Abdulwahed Qadir: The Future of Iraqi Kurdistan, the … Continue reading



Push and Pull of Religious Extremism: Who Are the Terrorists, How Are they Recruited, What Can We Do?

Push and Pull of Religious Extremism: Who Are the Terrorists, How Are they Recruited, What Can We Do? David Des Roches, 7:30 pm-8:45 pm August 9, 2017 Watch his talk here David Des Roches is Associate Professor at the Near … Continue reading