“Can this joint Arab military force succeed where others have failed?” (Brookings)

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The Arab leaders did endorse the air campaign in Yemen requested by Yemeni President Hadi, now in exile. The summit also called for a meeting of Arab military chiefs of staff to be held within a month to begin working out operational details and planning for a joint military force. The military chiefs will then report on their plans three months later to a meeting of the Arab League’s Joint Defense Council. Kuwait, Egypt and Morocco will lead the planning as the former, present and future chairs of the Arab League. The force will be voluntary— join if you want— not required of member states. ”

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Lessons from the new threat environment from Sony, Anthem and ISIS (Brookings)

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Cameron F. Kerry theorizes that:

  • Get ready for the next wave of attacks
  • Cybersecurity is about much more than hardening systems
  • Be careful with system administrators
  • It really comes down to information governance

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AQ vs. IS and the battle for the soul of jihad (Brookings)

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Almost overnight, the Islamic State sent its enemies reeling—and turned U.S. policy in the Middle East upside down. As troubling as the Islamic State’s successes are for U.S. officials, there is one person for whom they are even more troubling: Ayman al-Zawahiri. Although the Al Qaeda leader might be expected to rejoice at the emergence of a strong jihadist group that delights in beheading Americans (among other horrors), in reality the Islamic State’s rise risks Al Qaeda’s demise. When Islamic State leader

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rejected Al Qaeda’s authority and later declared a ca­liphate, he split the fractious jihadist move­ment.

The two are now competing for more than the leadership of the jihadist move­ment: they are competing for its soul.”

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Susan Rice on “The United States National Security Strategy” (Brookings)

“On February 6, the Project on International Order and Strategy hosted U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice for the launch of President Obama’s National Security Strategy, which outlines the president’s foreign policy vision and priorities for the American people and Congress—and communicates America’s priorities to its allies around the world.”

Original Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbQS8zp56NA

“The ISIS Twitter census: Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter” (Brookings)

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“Although much ink has been spilled on ISIS’s activity on Twitter, very basic questions about the group’s social media strategy remain unanswered. In a new analysis paper, J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan answer fundamental questions about how many Twitter users support ISIS, who and where they are, and how they participate in its highly organized online activities.”

See the full Brookings report here.

How to contain Russia without a new Cold War (Brookings)

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This great article by Thomas Wright argues the best strategy to counter Russia is: 1. Make Article V Rock Solid 2. Create COCOM (Coordinating Committee) II 3. Change the Focus in Ukraine 4. Counter Russian Influence in the European Union.

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