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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."


FPRI's Barak Mendelsohn on WHYY's Radio Times: The Crisis in Iraq

Barak MendelsohnFPRI Senior Fellow Barak Mendelsohn was featured along with UPenn Professor Brendan O'Leary in a recent episode of Radio Times on "The Crisis in Iraq."

You can listen to the episode here.