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General John Allen Visits Jamestown
On February 4, General John Allen visited The Jamestown Foundation to discuss the U.S. and international efforts to weaken the Islamic State. General Allen was appointed by President Obama as the Special Presidental Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL on September 13, 2014, a few months after the militant group took over a wide swath of Iraq.
General Allen gave a brief history of the Islamic State organization from 2006 until the present day before discussing the current strategy against the group, including the military, financial, humanitarian and counter-messaging aspects. His frank remarks inspired a lively discourse on working with international partners in Iraq and Syria. The off-the-recond conversation included a number of Jamestown’s foremost analysts and international terrorism experts.
Before General Allen was appointed to fight the Islamic State, he was a retired Marine four-star general who had previously served as the commander of ISAF in Afghanistan. Before this, he briefly served as the acting commander of CENTCOM. He also led Marines in Iraq with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2008.
Margarita Assenova, Director of Programs for the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, was quoted by VOA on Bulgaria and the U.S.-Russia energy fight.
CBC discussed whether or not the United States should give arms to Ukraine with Stephen Blank.
Senior Fellow Willy Lam was quoted on Chinese foreign policy by CNN.
Hot Issue on the Islamic State’s magazine by Senior Fellow Michael Ryan was cited in a Washington Post article on Sajida al-Rishawi.
Wladimir van Wilgenburg wrote an op-ed for al-Jazeera on continuing the fight against the Islamic State after Kobane had been retaken by Kurdish forces.
The New York Times quoted Jacob Zenn on a possible relationship between Boko Haram and the Islamic State.
Kurt Campbell, Former Assistant Secretary of State, Confirmed for Keynote Address at Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference
The Jamestown Foundation is hosting its Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Dr. Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Campbell is regarded as one of the leading American experts on East Asian security and is considered to be the architect of President Obama’s Asia Pivot strategy.
Widely regarded as the premier conference on China defense and security issues in Washington, the annual conference brings together some of the leading defense and security experts on China from around the world, many of whom who write for Jamestown’s prestigious publication China Brief, which has over 8000 subscribers. The annual conference examines key emerging defense and security themes in the field of Chinese security issues and has panels covering the PLA, China’s evolving cyber strategy, and this year offers a Net Assessment of the New Silk Road as well as key the elite politics of Chinese foreign policy. Senior Fellow Willy Lam will present on the PLA’s role in Chinese foreign policy and discuss his upcoming book, Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping, alongside Dennis Blasko, Ken Allen, Erica Downs, Chris Johnson and many other distinguished speakers. Tickets for the conference can be purchased here.
Terrorism in Post-Mursi Egypt: A Militant Leadership Monitor Special Report
In this Quarterly Special Report (QSR) on terrorism in post-Mursi Egypt, we focus on the changing nature of Egypt’s political transition and insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. Since the military removed Muhammad Mursi from power, terrorism has escalated against both the military and civilians.
The QSR begins with Muhammad Mansour providing an overview of how terrorism has changed in Egypt since Mursi’s ouster in June 2013. The following articles examine other aspects of the ongoing conflict and are arranged in the order that they were published. The QSR also includes profiles of Aboud al-Zomor, a former Egyptian military colonel and fugitive Islamist, Shadi al-Manei, the leader of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, and Faisal Suliman Salma al-Mahsna, a recently killed Sinai militant. Finally, a timeline of events in the ongoing Egyptian transition is provided for context.
Conflict Zones: North Caucasus and Western Balkans Compared by Janusz Bugajski
The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce the release of Janusz Bugajski’s landmark study of the increasingly unstable North Caucasus. Comparing the region to the war-ravaged Western Balkans of the 1990s, Mr. Bugajski argues that the North Caucasus are poised to inherit the status as the “powder keg” of Europe. In addition to reviewing the region’s recent history and making forecasts for the future, Mr. Bugajski offers suggestions and proposals for a more active approach by Western governments to defuse conflicts in the region.
**Conflict Zones is available for free on our website! To download your copy, please click here**
Janusz Bugajski is a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DCand host of “Bugajski Hour” and “Bugajski Time” television shows broadcast in the Balkans. Bugajski has authored 19 books on Europe, Russia, and trans-Atlantic relations and is a columnist for several media outlets. His recent books include Conflict Zones: North Caucasus and Western Balkans Compared (2014), Return of the Balkans: Challenges to European Integration and U.S. Disengagement (2013), Georgian Lessons: Conflicting Russian and Western Interests in the Wider Europe (2010), Dismantling the West: Russia’s Atlantic Agenda (2009), America’s New European Allies (2009); and Expanding Eurasia: Russia’s European Ambitions (2008).
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