Houthis Drone Attack Targets Major Saudi Oil Facilities

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Over the weekend, Houthi rebels launched a drone attack against Saudi Arabia, targeting the Saudi Aramco crude stabilization facility in Abqaiq and an oil field at Hijra...

The Magpies and the Cuckoos: A Disinformation Fable

by Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith

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The Social Media Weapons of Authoritarian States

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  Bottom Line Up Front Conflict is no longer relegated strictly to the physical battlefield but extends through cyberspace, often manifesting in social media disinformation campaigns. There is...

U.S. Ties Iranian Oil to Terrorism

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  Bottom Line Up Front The Trump administration is using all available tools to try to prevent Iran from exporting oil. The administration is leveraging terrorism-related laws and programs...

18 Years After the 9/11 Attacks, What is the Current State of Al-Qaeda?

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  Bottom Line Up Front Eighteen years after the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the group has evolved and looks much different today than it did nearly two decades ago. The...

Afghanistan and the Dark Side of No Man Left Behind

by Marc Polymeropoulos

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The EU Makes Progress in Prosecuting Foreign Fighters, But More Needs to Be Done

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  Bottom Line Up Front One of the most significant challenges facing countries seeking to prosecute foreign fighters is the difficulty of obtaining evidence of crimes committed on the...

Mattis and the President

by Walter Pincus

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The Literal Textbook on Public Diplomacy

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Stalemate and Suffering in Yemen

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  Bottom Line Up Front To date, despite years of reported war crimes by nearly all sides involved in the Yemen conflict, there has been a complete lack of accountability and no consequences...