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FPRI's Jakub Grygiel in the National Interest on Limited War

Jakub Grygiel"Whereas limited warfare went out of fashion in the West after Vietnam, Russia regards it as a central part of its military doctrine. It has practiced it in Georgia, Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and presumably rehearses it elsewhere. It is therefore imperative to study anew the challenges presented by such a form of sanguinary behavior. “Limited wars” have several distinctive features.


James Foley and the Battle for the Soul of the Arab and Muslim Worlds

S. Abdallah SchleiferThis article, by FPRI Senior Fellow Abdallah Schleifer, is adapted from an essay that originally appeared in The American Muslim, August 25, 2014. Writing from Cairo, Schleifer is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the American University in Cairo and founded AUC’s Kamal Adham Center for TV and Digital Journalism. He is a veteran American journalist who served as Cairo Bureau Chief for NBC News and as Washington Bureau Chief for Al Arabiya and is currently a regular columnist for Al Arabiya News.


FPRI's Abdallah Schleiffer on the Battle for the Soul of the Muslim World

S. Abdallah Schleifer"As an American Muslim and as a journalist, I am more than appalled by the murder of James Foley and the murder video. If I were King of Whatever/Wherever,  I would go to war—to wipe out these IS perverts -- perverters not just of Islam but of all the decencies known to all men/women of all the traditional faiths and to all men/women of just simple decent feelings."


FPRI's Sumit Ganguly in The Asian Age on "An end to the Indo-Pak Kabuki"

Sumit Ganguly"The Narendra Modi government’s decision to call off the foreign secretary-level talks have contributed to widespread speculation about its motives, generated the usual number of conspiracy theories and has led segments of India’s intelligentsia to widely condemn this decision."


FPRI Senior Fellow Michael Boyle in New York Times on the Hazards of Calling ISIS a Cancer

Michael Boyle"But if the 'war on terror' has taught us anything, it is that such moralistic language can blind its users to consequences. Describing a group as 'inexplicable' and 'nihilistic,' as Mr. Kerry did, tends to obscure the group’s strategic aims and preclude further analysis.


FPRI's Mike Noonan Blogs at US News about the Complications of Combating ISIS

Michael Noonan"The U.S. can't do nothing in Iraq, but getting pulled into another long war isn't an option."

Read the full post here.


FPRI's Mike Noonan Quoted in Mashable Article about Kidnappings in the Middle East

Michael Noonan"But the Islamic State — which was affiliated with al-Qaeda until al-Qaeda disassociated itself from the group, saying the radicals were too brutal — may be less dependent on ransoms than other extremist organizations, according to Michael Noonan, the national security program director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute."


FPRI Reaches New Milestone on Facebook: 100,000 Fans

On August 18, 2014, the Foreign Policy Research Institute reached a new milestone on Facebook, getting its 100,000th "fan" or "like." This is up from 48,000 fans at the beginning of the year, and up from 2,000 fans at the beginning of 2013.

Interestingly, we have more fans in India than we do in the United States, according to data provided by Facebook, and more in Cairo, Karachi, and Kabul than in Washington DC.

Listed below are our top 10 countries and cities (spanning 5 continents), as of August 18:


FPRI's Mike Noonan quoted in the Washington Post on the use of the National Guard in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Noonan"On one level, in the case of Ferguson, it’s a little bit backwards. You would think that escalation would [start with] the local policeman, then maybe state policemen, then the National Guard would come in, and they would have the bigger vehicles, they would be more heavily armed. You’d think there would be a natural progression there. In Ferguson, it’s almost opposite."


FPRI's Barak Mendelsohn in Foreign Affairs on "ISIS' Gruesome Gamble"

Barak Mendelsohn"For now, it is impossible to say whether ISIS intended to provoke the United States to intervene or simply miscalculated. But it is hard to believe ISIS did not understand that threatening the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan would mean directly challenging the U.S. alliance with the Kurds and potentially provoking it to fight. Indeed, it is likely that ISIS viewed such a challenge as a win-win situation."