A Foreign Affair discussion focusses on the British and Brexit, Putin’s alliances and his visit to Serbia, China’s space race and what this means to globally and recent attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan and what this means for peace talks as well as ISIS attacks in Syria against US marines. Read more
Last week, Egypt’s parliament passed three new media laws allowing the presidentially appointed Supreme Council of Media to monitor and “supervise” users with more than 5000 followers on social media platforms.
The new laws were ostensibly passed in order to curb disinformation, or “fake news” to use the Trumpian parlance of the times, by blocking and referring individuals who spread false reports through their social media accounts for prosecution. The new laws also allow for people to be detained pending trial. Read more
In his latest Lowy Institute Paper, Remaking the Middle East, Anthony Bubalo deftly weaves together the various threads that have made and unmade the modern Middle East, positing that the 2011 Arab uprisings were not brought about by individual conflicts, trends, or political actors, but rather were the most ostentatious representation of the decay of the entire nizam, or sociopolitical system of the region. Read more
President Donald Trump is under enormous pressure to respond militarily to the latest provocation by the Assad regime, but he would do so against all of his instincts and earlier pronouncements to end US military involvement in the Syrian war.
Just days before the chemical attacks in Douma, Trump announced he wanted US troops out of Syria within months, and that the fight against the Islamic State was largely completed. Read more
Matt Wordsworth speaks to research fellow at the Lowy Institute Lydia Khalil about the Iraqi government’s angry reaction to the results of the recent Kurdish independence referendum. Read more
Qatar remains cut off from its key trading partners by four powerful Gulf States including Saudi Arabia. As the blockade continues, Lateline’s Michael Vincent explores the key reasons for the escalation in tension. Lydia Khalil on ABC’s Lateline. Read more
This yearbook looks at those areas around the world where terrorism and counterterrorism (CT) are in greatest focus. Each chapter examines CT developments in 2016, including the terrorist threat being faced and how governments and others have approached CT through both policy and operations. Read more
Lydia Khalil’s appearance on QandA’s US Election Special. Topics under discussion; Trump Nukes, US Trade & Security, Anti-Hillary Misogyny, Brexit, Hanson, Trump, Trump & Khan Family, Trump & the Separation of Powers, and Compulsory Voting Read more
Article by Ginia Bellafante, New York Times:
“Lydia Khalil, a former counterterrorism analyst for the department, said the division she worked in had only grown more sophisticated since she left in 2009.
Ms. Khalil also pointed out that the Muslim population of the United States is better off and better integrated than the Muslim population of Europe. “The thing about having an American identity is that it doesn’t force you to give up another identity,” she said. “I was born in Egypt, and I can retain an Egyptian identity here while still being an American. It’s very difficult within the European context to reconcile two identities.”
The silly season has been extended in this US presidential election cycle. All summer long, the press fed on Republican candidate Donald Trump’s political posturing through back to back insults and outrages.
At each turn, the political establishment predicted the demise of Trump’s candidacy and popularity in the polls. When he insulted Fox News anchor and debate moderator Megyn Kelly, insinuating that she was on her period while thoroughly questioning him during the debate, he was slammed by a number of conservatives and Republicans who expressed outrage over his misogynistic remarks.