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Russia, the Ukraine, and Russia’s Involvement in Syria

October 5th, 2015

Dr. Andrew Michta provides us with an update on the crisis in the Ukraine, Russia, and Russia's involvement in Syria.

His recent article, Europe's Russia Denial elaborates on some of these issues.

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“The Myth of the Returned Foreign Fighter”

September 20th, 2015

Collin Hunt discusses his recent article "The Myth of the Returned Foreign Fighter" and the issues surrounding returnees, rehabilitation, and CVE programs.

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Wildlife Trafficking

August 19th, 2015

Alexander Olesker discusses wildlife trafficking, poaching and the issues involved in combating this illicit trade.

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The Virtual ‘Caliphate’: A Look at ISIS’s propaganda strategy with Charlie Winter

August 5th, 2015

Charlie Winter of the Quilliam Foundation discusses his paper The Virtual 'Caliphate': Understanding Islamic State's Propaganda Strategy

You can read more about Charlie and some of his publications here.

You can also view the #NotAnotherBrother video that Charlie refers to in our discussion, here.

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The Art of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

June 8th, 2015

Justin Seitz discusses the art of open source intelligence (OSINT). With thoughts on: social media platforms, ISIS, law enforcement, and much, much more.
(He shares some thoughts on Python too!)

You can read more of Justin's thoughts on his blog.

To learn more about automating OSINT collection go to his website.

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Online Jihad 2001-2015: A History of Jihobbyism

May 11th, 2015

Scot Terban discusses Online Jihad from 2001-2015: A History of Jihobbyism.

Read more of Scot's work on his blog.

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A Look at the Current Situation in Yemen

April 20th, 2015

Abubakr Al-Shamahi discusses the current situation in Yemen by looking at both the past and the present.

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Is ISIS’s Messaging More on Point Than al-Qaeda’s for Potential Recruits?

April 6th, 2015

J.M. Berger discusses: Is ISIS's Messaging More on Point Than al-Qaeda's for Potential Recruits?

Don't forget to check out J.M's new book co-authored with Jessica Stern:
ISIS: The State of Terror

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The Evolving Role of the U.S. Vice President in National Security and Foreign Policy

March 31st, 2015

Dr. Aaron Mannes discusses the Vice Presidency (VP) and the evolving role of the VP in National Security and Foreign Policy.

For more on this topic, check out Aaron's blog: Veep Critique

Aaron provides a big picture look on this topic in:

The VP and the Whole Equation

and more on the VP's role in foreign policy:

VP & Foreign Policy: A Brief Literature Review

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Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Boko Haram: The Case for a Regional Strategy

March 26th, 2015

Julia Mcquaid discusses CNA Corporation's Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Boko Haram: The Case for a Regional Strategy

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