Scholars in the News
It is exactly one hundred years since the Czecho-Slovak Legionnaires first came to attention at the battle of Zborov in today’s western Ukraine. Exiled professor Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk recruited the legionnaires from among Czech and Slovak POWs in Russia and a few thousand more who fought for Allied Russia in World War One. “Although he […]
Clint Watts, Robert A. Fox Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, began raising alarms about Russian measures to influence the American public’s political views shortly after Trump’s press conference. “Once you see both the campaign echoing the messages and themes that are coming out from RT and Sputnik News, when you see hacked materials […]
However, maintaining relations with a small number of states is less important than it was two decades ago, since Taiwanese have shifted their thinking to emphasize “informal, substantive relationships over formal diplomatic partnerships,” said Taiwan politics expert Shelley Rigger, a political scientist and longtime observer of Taiwanese politics at Davidson College in North Carolina. Rigger […]
The effort to define the process for approving imams has also been difficult, according to Islamism expert Lorenzo Vidino. “Where do you set the bar,” Vidino asked, according to AP. “Is it OK if someone is saying Western society is decadent, but at the same time condemns ISIS?” Read the full article here.
Tally Helfont, the director of the program on the Middle East at the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute believes that the distinction between the military and political wings of Hezbollah is a rhetorical one and reflects “different power levers” all working toward the same hegemonic ambitions. “It is all smoke and mirrors,” she said. “Countries […]