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FPRI's Clint Watts Interviewed on CNN about Terrorists' Use of Social Media

Clint Watts"al Qaeda was very sort of static in their social media use. It was speeches and videos. What ISIS has done is the've made it engaging multimedia and interactive. So you can interract with people that are actualy putting out that propoganda. They really came around and got some technical savvy. They're doing a lot of automation. You're talking about 90,000 tweets. That's not people clicking.

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FPRI's Jacqueline Deal Participates in ChinaFile Conversation on the Possibility of a Sino-Russian Pact

Jacqueline Deal"China has extended critical financial support to Russia in the wake of the Ukraine-related sanctions. But one wonders what Beijing has asked for, and received, in return. China’s tough bargaining on energy deals reduced Russian profit margins, and energy is now cheap anyway. Has Russia offered up its best aircraft, air defense systems, or undersea capabilities in exchange for Chinese cash?

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FPRI's Ed Turzanski Quoted in Winona Daily News on Radicalization

Edward Turzanski“More and more you have people who are being radicalized online and are finding a path towards connectivity to a terror organization. This is a phenomenon that keeps on changing, it’s a bit of a shape-shifter.”

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FPRI's Clint Watts Cited at Length in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Combatting ISIS

Clint Watts"...the West must rethink its campaign to discourage young Muslims in the West from joining extremists in the Middle East."

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FPRI's Ed Turzanski Interviewed on KYW 1060 About al Shabab's Threat Against U.S. Malls

Edward Turzanski“The Mall of America is not the focus simply because of its size...it’s because Minnesota has a large Somali population and al-Shabaab has heavily recruited in that area.”

Read a write-up of his interview here.

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FPRI's Michael Cecire Quoted in Global Post Article on Georgia's Separatist Regions

Michael Cecire"...the deals are 'much closer to actual annexation' than any previous overtures toward partnership, since the new pacts would give Russia greater control over the two territories."

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FPRI's Dom Tierney Discusses the Authorization to Use Military Force on WHYY's Radio Times

Dominic Tierney"Obama loathes the option of using ground troops in Iraq unless it were an extreme situation -- and an extreme situation is possible."

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FPRI's June Teufel Dreyer Cited in Bloomber Article on Chinese President Xi Jinping

June Teufel Dreyer"As human beings, we find it easier to identify with a leader we can believe in rather than an abstract cause -- Mao understood this well...Xi is using this personality cult to try to mobilize a somewhat jaded citizenry behind him as he attempts the difficult job of restructuring China."

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FPRI's Clint Watts Interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about Terrorists' Use of Social Media

Clint Watts"When al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula put out their video message taking claim for the [Charlie] Hebdo attack, it quickly had its own hashtag...If you pan down on that account ... you'll see there's video, there's Storify, there's like every social media platform that's out there...They use all of the platforms or link to it from there."

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FPRI's Clint Watts Provides Advice for France in its War on Terror at War on the Rocks

Clint Watts"The U.S. has chosen to do counterterrorism through the lens of al Qaeda and now ISIS. But these two monikers fail to adequately capture the resiliency of three generations of jihadi militancy.

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