Sunday, September 25th 2016
“The fact that information is biased does not make it false, and the fact that information intends to shape public opinion and action does not make it underhanded or deceitful. * * * America has met the enemy’s PR effectiveness with its own PR failures. Misconceptions about RPA operations have been widespread and continue to proliferate.”
Sunday, September 18th 2016
“. . . while ISIS will eventually expire as a state, it will continue to ‘inspire’ terrorism as an idea with lethal implications. Indeed, perhaps ensuring that the intellectual arsenal it is building outlives its territorial state, the group has published lengthy commentaries and manuals of religious guidance just as it suffered its greatest territorial defeats over the last few months.”
Headline: After ISIS: A New ISISRead More
Tuesday, September 13th 2016
This must-read article discussed new shapes of warfare and international competition that avoid kinetic “war” as Americans usually conceive it. The author reviewed Russia’s “hybrid warfare strategy,” China’s “salami slicing,” and the “iTerrorism” strategy by ISIS. He described “cyber,” narratives, information operations, “unconventional war, guerilla war, irregular war, hybrid war, non-linear war, next-generation war, ambiguous war, asymmetric war, limited war, shadow war, indirect war, small war, the gray zone, low-intensity conflict, and even ‘Military Operations Other Than War’ (MOOTW).
Headline: War in Peace
Subhead: Cyberspace has brought about an era of persistent confrontation.Read More
Sunday, September 11th 2016
“Saudi Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist strain of Islam known as Wahhabism has fueled global extremism and contributed to terrorism. As the Islamic State projects its menacing calls for violence into the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country, an old debate over Saudi influence on Islam has taken on new relevance.”
This was just one conclusion of a long and extensive New York Times report by reporter Scott Shane. With summaries of reports on Wahhabism, Saudi religious influence, past U.S. actions that may have contributed to the rise of Islamism, Saudi textbooks, and support for mosques and religious schools around the world, this report is worth reading in full.
Subhead: Critics see Saudi Arabia’s export of a rigid strain of Islam as contributing to terrorism, but the kingdom’s influence depends greatly on local conditions.Read More
Sunday, September 4th 2016
A White House initiative. A network of partners. A regional conference. A unique report.
A lively and informative May, 2016, report issued by Hedayah, “Counter-Narratives for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in South East Asia,” uniquely blended applied principles of communication with national and community case studies. Hedayah in Abu Dhabi “aims to be the premier international center for expertise and experience to counter violent extremism by promoting understanding and sharing of good practice.” Sara Zeiger was the Contributing Editor of the report.
The report highlighted work by All Together Now (Australia), Muslim Community Radio 2MFM (Australia), Mothers’ Schools (Indonesia), Gusdurian Network (Indonesia), the movie “Latitude 6” (Thailand), and A Common Word (Jordan). It discussed formal and informal channels of communication and the role of diasporas.Read More