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February 11th, 2014

Philippines military recognizes Felter for counterterrorism work

CISAC, FSI Stanford News

CISAC's Joe Felter is awarded a badge of honor by the Philippines Army in recognition of his support in forming the country’s first counterterrorism unit. The Light Reaction Battalion has been battling terrorists and rebels in the Southeast Asian nation for a decade. Read more »



January 24th, 2014

Stanford experts: Sochi Games difficult to defend against terrorism

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are a prime target for terrorism, say Stanford scholars, including CISAC's Amy Zegart and Martha Crenshaw. The proximity and intensity of the neighboring Chechen separatist threat as well as the Russian handling of the security issue are heightening fears about possible attacks. Read more »



December 13th, 2013

Why Saddam Hussein never used chemical weapons in Gulf War

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

On the 10-year anniversary of the capture of Saddam Hussein, CISAC's Scott Sagan and PoliSci grad student Benjamin Buch use new information in this Foreign Policy piece about why the fallen Iraqi leader never used chemical weapons in the Gulf War. Read more »



November 15th, 2013

Former FBI director targets cybercrimes

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

Robert Mueller said terrorism is still the FBI's top priority. But the agency needs to find new ways of fighting cybercrimes, which he calls "the threat of the future." +VIDEO+
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November 1st, 2013

Zegart: Misperceptions are only part of the NSA's image problem

CISAC, FSI Stanford in the news

CISAC's Amy Zegart and Hoover's Marshall Erwin note in this LA Times OpEd that there are many misperceptions about what the NSA actually does, yet the more Americans learn about the U.S. spy agency, the less they come to trust it. Read more »



July 22nd, 2013

Hegghammer provides testimony to Congress on future of jihadi terrorism

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Terrorism expert and CISAC Zukerman Fellow Thomas Hegghammer provided testimony to the House subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The hearing, titled "Global al-Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges," focused on the future of al-Qaeda and related jihadi terrorist groups.




July 8th, 2013

How Syria's Civil War Became a Holy Crusade

in the news: Foreign Affairs on July 8, 2013

Syria's civil war, already a microcosm of politics and power in the Middle East, could inflame religious tensions and political differences across the region. Theologian and top Sunni cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called for Sunni Muslims worldwide to fight in Syria against Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, and Shiite influence.  Read more »




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