October 2014 Newsletter

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October 2014 Newsletter
 
The Jamestown Foundation Leadership: Glen E. Howard, President
At a Glance

Eighth Annual Terrorism Conference

Jamestown in the Media

New Report on Foreign Fighters in Syria Available

Top Articles of the Month

Featured Publication

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December 9: Eighth Annual Terrorism Conference
The Jamestown Foundation invites you to the Eighth Annual Terrorism Conference
 
Al-Qaeda and Its Heirs
 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
8:30 A.M.–4:00 P.M.

The University Club of Washington, D.C.
Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor)
1135 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
 
 
When discussing the event on social media, please use #JTFTerrorism.
Recent Media Appearances
Al-Jazeera looked to Wladimir van Wilgenburg for analysis of the relationship between the Syrian Kurds, the PKK and Turkey and how these affect the siege of Kobane by the Islamic State organization.
 
Jacob Zenn discussed with CNN whether or not Boko Haram will free the Chibok schoolgirls.
 
The Wall Street Journal interviewed senior fellow Willy Lam about the Chinese government’s expulsion of Hong Kong delegate James Tien from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
 
Pavel Baev was quoted on Vladimir Putin’s claim that he could attack Europe within two days by EUObserver.com.
Foreign Fighters in Syria: A Militant Leadership Monitor Special Report
In this Quarterly Special Report (QSR), we focus on the foreign fighters who have flocked to the Syrian conflict from around the world. From the Caucasus to the Black Sea to Indonesia, the Syrian conflict has attracted militants from various corners of the globe to fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The QSR begins with a brief survey of foreign fighters in Syria by Nicholas Heras. The profiles of foreign fighters start with a portrait of the Georgia-born Chechen Omar al-Shishani, of the Islamic State, written by Sirwan Kajjo. Jacob Zenn then explores the little known connectionbetween militants in Indonesia and Syria. The QSR continues with an updated profile of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, and its Jordanian ideologue Sami al-Aridi is profiled by Murad Batal al-Shishani. Mairbek Vatchagaev provides a unique look at the Crimean fighter Abdul-Karim Krymsky. Murad Batal al-Shishani then offers an overview of Syrian rebels originally from the Russian North Caucasus. Nicholas Heras covers a Lebanese al-Qaeda commander, Osama Amin al-Shihabi. Leyla Aslanova then provides an independent assessment about the emergence of Azerbaijani fighters in Syria as reflected in a new documentary film. Finally, a timeline of milestones in the Syrian civil war is provided for context.
 
 
 
Most-Read Articles of the Month
Featured Publication
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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