Return of the Quad: The Evolving Security Architecture of the Indo-Pacific

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, comprising the United States, India, Japan, and Australia, has reemerged in recent years in response to an increasingly...

Gulf Rift Defies Resolution

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  Bottom Line up Front The Trump administration is pushing to resolve the three-year old rift between Qatar and several of its Gulf neighbors before the November U.S. election. An end to the...

Implications of Iran Arms Ban Expiration

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  Bottom Line up Front The October 2020 expiration of the U.N. ban on arms transfers to and from Iran would have little material impact on the strategic threat posed by Iran. Iran’s economic...

Syria Spiraling Downward as Economy Tumbles and Instability Spreads

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  Bottom Line Up Front Even as Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad appears closer to prevailing in the country’s nearly decade-long civil war, there are new signs of instability amidst a tanking...

The Boogaloo Movement – From Eccentric Distraction to Domestic Terror

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  Bottom Line Up Front The Boogaloo Movement is comprised of an eclectic mix of individuals unified by a deep disdain for government, especially law enforcement. The Boogaloo Movement has a...

Iran’s Shifting Posture in Syria

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  Bottom Line up Front Iran’s apparent drawdown of its military presence in Syria likely reflects Tehran’s calculation that the regime of President Bashar Al Assad is secure. Both Russia...

The Media Should Focus on the Need for Genuine Political Reform, Not Just the Violence

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  Bottom Line Up Front Lost within the countless stories about looting, arson, and vandalism, there is a genuine political movement gathering momentum, one which has the potential to affect...

Iran and Israel Continue Their Shadow Conflict in Cyberspace

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  Bottom Line Up Front Israeli cyberattacks against Iran are intended to send a signal, as a means of pushing back against Iran’s actions in Syria and Tehran’s own growing cyber activities...

Spreading Violence and Growing Instability Plague Northern Mozambique

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  Bottom line upfront The northern Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique is experiencing a significant increase in terrorist attacks, which in turn is driving growing humanitarian need among a...

Russian Influence Grows in the Middle East and North Africa

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  Bottom Line Up Front In both Syria and Libya, Russia has relied on a combination of mercenaries, weapons sales to proxies and clients, and an aggressive disinformation campaign to grow its...