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Defeating ISIS
Defeating ISIS
ISIS Lost 22% of Territory Since Start of 2015

U.S. taking out more leaders, but bombings are down.

Defeating ISIS
Russia Admits It Was a Bomb

The conveniently-timed announcement came hours before Putin happily agreed to help France attack ISIS.

Defeating ISIS
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The Unintended Consequences of the U.S.-Turkey Deal

For the U.S., the price for Turkey’s participation in the anti-ISIS coalition may be too high.

Defeating ISIS
Go Local

Feckless, strategy-less bombing campaigns cannot defeat the Islamic State. We need an approach that recognizes and engages local social realities.

Defeating ISIS
Crash Their Comms

Jihadi use of the internet and social media has become increasingly sophisticated and dangerous in the dawning era of cyberwar. We must close down their websites, not write reports on them.

Defeating ISIS
Deploy Satire

Radical Islamists, earnest to a fault, have no sense of humor. It’s a shortcoming we should exploit.

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Department of Can-Kicking

So much for a breakthrough.

The Noose Tightens

As Putin heads to meet French President Emanuel Macron next week, his security services are interrogating a celebrated Cannes-winning director in Moscow.

TPP Post Trump

Picking up the pieces of TPP may be more difficult than many in Asia imagine, leaving China with an attractive opening.

Atrocity in England

Twenty-two people were killed in a bombing at a children’s concert, the deadliest in the UK since the 7/7 bombings.

Seeing a Pattern...

To lose one President to a corruption scandal may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two in a row begins to look like carelessness.

Crude Economics

Iraq isn’t towing the cartel line.

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