Middle East

Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Turkey’s Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

April 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 4/17/15 By Michael Shank As Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan made his rounds recently in the Middle East, talking with Iran about ending sectarianism in the region, and with Egypt about freeing political prisoners, he would’ve done well to start at home. There’s much to do, and Erdogan […]

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How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

March 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/12/15 By Michael Shank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent attack on the West for “hate speech” and misattributing terrorism during the Paris attacks is ironic. Erdogan is erroneously doing both already: labeling the Gulen movement a terrorist organization and using hate speech to characterize it. In fact, […]

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A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

January 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

NATIONAL INTEREST 01/26/15 By Michael Shank and Des Browne We are facing a new security threat, and, if left unaddressed, it has the potential to kill thousands of people in a single summer. We are talking, of course, about climate change. A new study authored by the British Met Office […]

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Yemeni Al-Qaeda Branch Threatens U.S. Hostage

Yemeni Al-Qaeda Branch Threatens U.S. Hostage

December 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

CFR 12/04/14 Top of the Agenda Yemeni Al-Qaeda Branch Threatens U.S. Hostage Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video on Thursday threatening to kill (AP) Luke Somers, a photojournalist kidnapped more than a year ago in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. AQAP claimed responsibility (WSJ) on Wednesday for a […]

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Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster

Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster

November 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

DAILY BEAST 11/13/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Guns, drones, and special forces were not enough to stabilize Yemen, and they won’t be enough to stop ISIS. Remember the so-called “Yemen model,” the seeming success story for a U.S. policy targeting terrorists that President Barack Obama pointed to a […]

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Breakdown in Yemen

Breakdown in Yemen

November 6, 2014 at 11:15 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/06/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is teetering on the verge of an all-out sectarian civil war. Recent peace deals may prove to be fleeting. The Houthis, a Zaydi-Shiite group based in northern Yemen, stormed the capital, Sanaa, over one month ago, resulting […]

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Iraq’s Islamic Divisions Intensify

Iraq’s Islamic Divisions Intensify

October 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

GLOBAL BRIEFING October 2014 By Michael Shank The USA’s air strikes on ISIS positions could inadvertently exacerbate Iraq’s problems, given the recent history of the West’s interventions in the country Iraq continues to pose a conundrum for the international community. Many in the West feel that Iraq is perpetually ungovernable […]

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Rethink America’s Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Rethink America’s Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

September 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 09/29/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Authors Michael Shank and Casey Harrity published a policy brief this month as part of FCNL’s “Shared Security” series. For the full 20-page “Security in Yemen” report, click here. Below is the executive summary excerpted from the report. Yemen is on […]

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Yemen is on the Brink of Chaos – And Why It’s So Important

Yemen is on the Brink of Chaos – And Why It’s So Important

September 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

POLITIX 09/27/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The economy of Yemen is in […]

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Security in Yemen

Security in Yemen

September 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

POLICY BRIEF: SECURITY IN YEMEN  September 2014 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The […]

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