October 2012 Newsletter

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October 2012
NEWS FROM JAMESTOWN
The Jamestown Foundation Leadership: Glen E. Howard, President
At a Glance
Matthew Bryza Joins Jamestown Board
 
Forthcoming & Recent Events

New Releases
 
Media Appearances
 
Support Jamestown
Jamestown Team
President
Editor, China Brief
Program Associate
Program Associate/Events Coordinator
Managing Editor of Global Terrorism Analysis
Senior Fellow – China Program
Senior Fellow – Eurasia Program
Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow – Eurasia Program
Senior Fellow
Matthew Bryza Joins Jamestown Board
Matthew BryzaThe Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Ambassador Matthew Bryza to the Jamestown board. Bryza played a key role in shaping U.S. policies in the South Caucasus region for almost two decades as a senior American diplomat. Often described as the U.S. “point man” on the South Caucasus, Bryza is a relentless champion of an activist American foreign policy in a region of extreme importance to U.S.

national security interests. Jamestown President Glen E. Howard noted that the addition of Bryza to the Jamestown board is a natural fit to help guide Jamestown’s research and analysis of events in Eurasia. Jamestown board member and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael V. Hayden stated: “Matt Bryza brings the right blend of scholarship, experience, and integrity to the Jamestown Board. He will be a great addition to further Jamestown’s important work.”

 
Bryza just completed a 23-year career as a U.S. diplomat, over half of which was spent at the center of policymaking and international negotiations on major energy infrastructure projects and regional conflicts in Eurasia. His most recent assignment was as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012.
 
Between 2005 and 2009, Bryza served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia with responsibility for Eurasian Energy, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Bryza simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating the Karabakh conflict and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts.
 
From 2001 to 2005, Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. His responsibilities included Eurasian energy, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and political Islam in Eurasia.
 
Previous assignments include Deputy to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy, Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia Desk Officer at the State Department as well as Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91).
 
Currently, Ambassador Bryza resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where he also works as a consultant on business and democratic development and is a board member of several private companies. He is also the Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Tallinn, Estonia.
 
Founded in 1984, The Jamestown Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research institution dedicated to providing timely information concerning critical political and strategic developments in China, Russia, Eurasia and the world of terrorism. Jamestown produces three periodic publications: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Terrorism Monitor and China Brief. Jamestown research and analysis is available to the public free-of-charge via Jamestown’s website, www.jamestown.org.
Forthcoming & Recent Events

Save the Date!
 

The Jamestown Foundation will hold the 6th Annual Terrorism Conference on Wednesday December 12, entitled “The Periphery and the Core: the Evolution of AQ and Its Affiliates.” More details coming soon!

 
Chinese Expert Speaks at Jamestown on China-Central Asia Relations
 
On September 18, 2012, the Jamestown Foundation hosted an event entitled “Understanding China’s Role in Central Asia and Afghanistan.” The event featured Dr. Pan Guang, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Center for International Studies at Shanghai Academy, and Dr. Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, who provided additional remarks. 

Dr. Pan addressed China’s role in Central Asia and Afghanistan. He explained China’s interest in fighting terrorism and extremism in the region as well as China’s interests in containing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, promoting energy and economic development, and supporting Afghanistan in its post-war reconstruction. Like the United States, China is interested in tackling issues such as transnational crime, illegal immigration, environmental degradation, water resource shortage, and emerging public health issues. Beijing however, has different views of political reform in Central Asia, the alignment of energy pipelines in the region, and the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Dr. Pan also provided his insight on China’s role in

Afghanistan and its implications for U.S.-China relations. Dr. Weitz was also a discussant and provided additional remarks on the security situation in Central Asia and Afghanistan, as well China’s role and interests there.

*To view full video of the event, please click here.

Dr. Pan Guang is the Director and Professor of the Shanghai Center for International Studies and the Academic Director of the Institute of European & Asian Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Dr. Pan also is the Vice Chairman of the Chinese Society of Middle East Studies. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at East China Normal University. Dr. Pan serves on a number of Chinese and international advisory boards. He is one of China’s foremost experts on Central Asia and the Middle East, authoring several books and countless articles on these regions as well as China’s foreign policy toward them.

 
Boko Haram Conference Report Released!
The report, entitled “Instability in Nigeria: The Domestic Factors” is now available for purchase on our website. The report consists of select conference proceedings from a conference The Jamestown Foundation held on June 19, 2012 entitled “Threats to Nigeria’s Security: Boko Haram and Beyond” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.
 
Jamestown analyst Jacob Zenn, journalist and blogger Dibussi Tande, Jamestown Chief Editor of Global Terrorism Analysis Andrew McGregor, and Jamestown analyst Mark McNamee were the presenters on the panel. The panelists highlighted the bases for instability in northern Nigeria; the regional, ethinic and other divisions prevalent within Nigeria; and the potential for Boko Haram to expand beyond northern Nigeria. The panelists described the origins of radical, militant, extremist Islam in Nigeria and Cameroon using the classical and alternative narratives. They stressed the necessity for the militant groups’ underlying grievances to be addressed

and alerted the audience to the environmental degradation and significant economic losses that are largely a result of mismanagement of oil resources.

Media Appearances
Dennis Blasko, a regular contributor to the China Brief, was interviewed in the New York Times for a story on the political frictions between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the civilian leadership. The article, “Party Bristles at Military’s Push for More Sway in China,” ran on August 7. For more of Blasko’s analysis of China’s civil-military relations, see his article, “Politics and the PLA: Securing Social Stability.”
 
Jamestown analyst Wladimir van Wilgenberg was quoted by Egypt Daily News in an article about “The Battle for Control in Syria.”
 
Jamestown Senior Fellow Michael Ryan was interviewed on air by the Voice of Russia, U.S. Edition by Rob Sachs and the subject was “Al-Qaeda threatens US with new terror.”
 
Jamestown Senior Fellow Andrew McGregor was quoted in a UPI article titled “Mali jihadists threaten North Africa.”
 
Jamestown Foundation’s Senior Fellow Willy Lam’ wrote an article on “China Hawks in Command” which has been published by the Wall Street Journal.
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