Periodically, FPRI publishes web-based e-book collections, drawing on the FPRI research and conference programs.
Recent weeks have seen an unfortunate number of violent shootings perpetrated by armed men. The shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Oak Creek, Wisconsin shine light on ideologies and other factors inspiring violence in the U.S. In response, the Foreign Policy Research Institute is now releasing a report Radicalization in the U.S. beyond al Qaeda: Treating the Disease of the Disconnection, by FPRI Senior Fellow Clint Watts. Completed in December 2011, the report explores the efficacy and future threat of al Qaeda's ideology in radicalizing Americans but concludes with a broader call for examining the variety of domestic ideologies inspiring violence in the United States. Watts discusses potential trends in future U.S. radicalization and outlines several recommendations for preparing the U.S. to detect and interdict violence from a host of extremist ideologies, of which al Qaeda represents only one.
This paper argues that to adequately defend its maritime claims, the Philippines should consider an external defense architecture designed around mobile coastal defense batteries equipped with long-range anti-ship missiles and protected by an integrated air defense umbrella. Such an architecture would provide the Philippines with an effective means to not only counter surface combatants and improve the survivability of its own forces against naval aviation or ballistic missiles, but also do so with lower procurement, maintenance, and operational readiness costs than a traditional force would require. The Philippine government’s new capabilities-based defense budgeting process offers the country an opportunity to study and adopt this sort of defense architecture, which has become increasingly necessary as rising powers, such as China, have begun to test Philippine maritime sovereignty at places like Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands.
Russia now faces a momentous political crisis. The abuses of the Putin regime are so fundamental that, without profound change, the protest movement is unlikely to be stopped. Putin, however, is unlikely to agree to reforms that would threaten his hold on power. The stage is therefore set for a protracted conflict between Putin and the opposition that it likely to touch on each of the corrupt aspects of the present regime’s policies – the authoritarian political system, the corrupt and criminalized economy, the war in the North Caucasus and threat of terrorism, and finally the aggressive foreign policy that has put Russia at odds with the West and made it an object of resentment and fear on the part of the former Soviet republics and former Warsaw Pact members that are its closest neighbors. And if the world’s largest country in terms of area is heading for a system crisis, the result could be a new round of tragedies for the Russian people and a serious danger for the whole world.
Eli Gilman is a Research Associate for FPRI’s Center on Terrorism and Counterterrorism. He served in various positions from 2007 to 2009 with the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, in which his primary focus was the development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Drexel University, he received his B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University.
With support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, FPRI’s Center of Terrorism and Counterterrorism examined the Commonwealth’s overall state of readiness, as well as the state’s success and failures in using Homeland Security resources.
This e-book is a collection of essays drawn from our History Institute programs.
By Eric Nelson
This e-book is an expanded version of Dr. Nelson’s Templeton Lecture, delivered in Philadelphia in November 2010.
Edited by Michael Noonan, Managing Director of FPRI’s Program on National Security. This report is the second volume of findings from an important series of FPRI conferences on the so-called foreign fighter problem.
The survey dealt with how Yemenis feel toward their government, Jihad and violence, and the role of the United States in the Middle East. The survey was conducted over a one week timeframe in late January and polled a representative sample of 1,005 Yemeni adults from eight city regions.
By David J. Danelo, This project has studied security, economic and political trends in northern Mexico and the U.S. southwest in order to develop a strategy for actions the U.S. government can take at the federal level to best support state and local security partnerships between the four U.S. and six Mexican border states to defend and deter the violence and address enduring security issues on both sides of the border. David Danelo has spent extensive time on the ground in Mexico researching conditions in the six northern Mexican states and examining methods for increasing local partnerships between U.S. and Mexican authorities. His field research frames the recommended changes in U.S. policy.
By Walter A. McDougall, based on lectures given at the Annenberg Summer Institute, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia PA, July 27, 2010
Edited by Michael Noonan, Managing Director of FPRI’s Program on National Security, this e-book is a collection of essays from “The Foreign Fighter Progblem,” a program conference held July 14–15, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Tally Helfont, of FPRI´s Program on the Middle East, analyzes the content of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad U.S. cell´s propaganda as a means to explain its ideological foundations and the way in which it was used to further the PIJ´s goals of terror fundraising in the United States.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) completed a study on how best to reform the Afghan National Police and presented their findings in a report released at a September 17, 2009 briefing held at the Reserve Officrs Association in Washington, D.C.
This January 2009 e-book by James Kurth, FPRI Senior Fellow and Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, discusses the foundations of Western and specifically American civilization, the ideals which make them worth fighting for.
Mackubin Thomas Owens, Professor of Strategy and Force Planning at the Naval War College and Editor of Orbis, writes of Lincoln’s record as a war president.
As Prof. Alberto Bolívar of the Lima, Peru-based Strategos Institute writes in this May 2006 e-book, the existence of radicalized mass movements in Latin America’s most populous countries remains a matter of some concern, particularly in this volatile region.
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On November 15th at the FPRI annual dinner Fouad Ajami was presented with the Seventh Annual Benjamin Franklin Public Service Award. The event was attended by over 360 people.
Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. was dinner chairman.
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