Sunday, August 28th 2016
“Public Diplomacy (PD) and strategic communications (SC) are needed on a massive scale to combat international jihadism, future non-state actors and authoritarian state information agencies and efforts challenging the US identity and influence.” Writing on the inhomelandsecurity.com website on October 27, 2013, Brett Daniel Shehadey outlined some basic concepts of the D-I-M-E (Diplomatic, Information, Military, and Economic elements of national power) framework, and he took a special look at the weaknesses of the “I” and “D” elements. His essay was titled “Putting the “D” and “I” Back in DIME.” Three years after it was published, it’s still a good primer. Here are some highlights:Read More
Thursday, January 28th 2016
“Refusing to acknowledge that we face an ideologically motivated foe is not a grand strategy,” wrote former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, now at the American Enterprise Institute. His op-ed, “Terrorism is the symptom, ideology the disease,” was published in The Boston Globe on December 31, 2016. Here are a few main points:
- Although communism and radical Islam differ in countless ways, they share one critical element: they are ideologies driven by an obsession to force the real world to match their preconceptions, whether of class conflict or superior religious belief. Terrorist attacks are simply manifestations of the ideology, the symptoms of the threat, not the threat itself. Accordingly, US policies that ignore the ideological driving force will fail, because they are not addressing the real menace.
Saturday, January 23rd 2016
"The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute conducted an intensive multi-week exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to defeat the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.” Reports on “U.S. Grand Strategy: Destroying ISIS and al Qaeda,” were written by Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan, Jennifer Cafarella, Harleen Gambhir, and Katherine Zimmerman. Report One is “Al Qaeda and ISIS: Existential Threats to the U.S. and Europe.” Here are the three paragraphs on “Media Support.”Read More