Egypt’s new media law is ahead of the curve

July 26, 2018

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

Decay and new growth

April 30, 2018

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

In Syria, Trump must collude with Russia

April 13, 2018

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

Lateline explores the blockade of Qatar – Lydia Khalil

June 15, 2017

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

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017

March 21, 2017

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 on QandA – US Election Special

August 8, 2016

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

After Paris Attacks, Anxiety Returns to the Surface in New York

November 19, 2015

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.”
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Trump and Carson comments on Islam reflect views of Republican base

September 28, 2015

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.
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Managing Public Perception of the Terrorist Threat

April 16, 2014

The unpredictable and seemingly irrational application of violence by terrorist groups is more often than not purposeful, employed to maximize the level of fear among civilians and the overreaction of authorities responsible for protecting us. Instilling fear is the primary tactic of terrorists and terrorist groups. Suicide bombings, improvised explosive devices and propaganda are all only a means to that end.
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