Terrorism

Afghanistan's Summer of Violence Illustrates Difficulties Trump Administration Will Face

Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades.

Economic Outlook for the MENA Region: A Conversation with the IMF's Dr. Jihad Azour

Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to face the challenge of generating inclusive and long-lasting growth in the environment of low oil prices, ongoing conflicts, and concerns regarding regional security. For the region’s oil exporters, the challenges are particularly acute, as fiscal consolidation plans must be calibrated and structural reforms designed to diversify away from oil and promote private investment.

MENA Women News Brief

The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the region on a bi-weekly basis.

 

August 1 - August 15, 2018

 

Bahrain

August 9: Sexually-Harassed Bahraini Women Only Themselves to Blame, Officials Imply

Afghanistan Update: Taliban Rising

Providing an update on the situation in Afghanistan, Wilson Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman describes a “really disturbing state of affairs.” Reacting to a recent attack on a TV station, Kugelman says of the violence that, “the sad thing is it’s almost like a daily occurrence.”  With the Taliban rising to new levels of power, what will it take to turn the corner in war-torn Afghanistan? That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Guest

Drivers of Insecurity and Instability in the Middle East and South Asia

The Middle East and South Asia are complex and volatile regions.

Book Launch: Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings tells the story of “3/11”—the March 11, 2004 bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain in the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and on through the fallout of the attacks.

Terror Attack on Russian Metro

Kennan Institute Director Matt Rojansky comments on the suspected terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg, Russia metro.

Assessing ISIS Expansion in Southeast Asia: Major Threat or Misplaced Fear?

In an era of international terrorism and the rise of large, well-organized Islamic jihadist groups working hard to violently establish strict conservative Islamic states, the need for continually evolving threat assessments becomes paramount for the safety of lives and assets. One such threat assessment to evaluate is the vulnerability of the Southeast Asian region as a possible new theater for the expansion of the jihadist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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