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Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog

Are We Our Own Worst Enemy? The Problems in Countering Jihadi Narratives and How to Fix Them

May 25, 2015 - 10:50am

Two weeks back, the Washington Post published the most insightful article to date on the challenges the U.S. government has encountered battling al Qaeda, the Islamic State and jihadis writ large in social media.  The U.S. State Department’s Center for Strategic... Read more... Tags: Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Countering Violent Extremism, Countering Narratives, ISIS, al Qaeda

A weekend in the life of Ramzan Kadyrov on Instagram: his wisdom on marriage, anti-terrorism, and the conspiracy surrounding Tsarnaev’s sentencing.

May 19, 2015 - 1:07pm

About a year ago my colleague Alex Fisher and I wrote about Russia’s homegrown terrorism problem. In our article we argued that if the two Chechen wars of the 1990s did not actually create the terrorism problem in the Russian North Caucasus, they certainly helped worsen things a great... Read more... Tags: Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya, Caucasus, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Nazhuda Guchigov, Dzokhar Tsarnayev

Ready for a Fight?: How America Could Respond to a South China Sea Crisis

May 18, 2015 - 8:06am

Last Monday, an American littoral combat ship, the Fort Worth (pictured below), sailed just over 12 nautical miles from some of the artificial islands that China has built from reclaimed land in the South China Sea.  While the U.S. Navy has conducted such transits before to ensure freedom of navigation through the region, it was the first time that a U.S. warship came so close to Chinese-held islands.  The transit was part of a stepped-up American effort to deter... Read more... Tags: United States, China, Philippines, South China Sea, Spratly Islands, Convention on the Law of the Sea, East Sea Fleet, South Sea Fleet, Guam, Yalong Bay

Why the U.S. Raid On Abu Sayyaf and ISIS in Eastern Syria May Be A Game Changer

May 16, 2015 - 1:36pm

This morning, reports confirmed that U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a daring raid deep into Eastern Syria killing a key ISIS leader, Abu Sayyaf, along with several other ISIS members.  The raid occurred near Der Ouzzer amidst the critical Syrian oil fields that provide the key... Read more... Tags: ISIS, Syria, Abu Sayyaf, Raid, al Qaeda

Japan’s Security Role in Southeast Asia (and the South China Sea)

May 13, 2015 - 6:31am

Only a few years ago, it would have seemed inconceivable that Japan would have any security role outside of Japanese territorial waters.  But in a January 2015 interview, Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, related that Washington would welcome Japanese maritime air patrols in the South China Sea.  He said that they could help to stabilize the region by balancing China’s growing naval strength there.  That broke a long-standing taboo in Japan on... Read more... Tags: Japan, South China Sea, Spratly Islands, China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, land reclamation, Scarborough Shoal, Shinzō Abe, Benigno Aquino