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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Awlaki Is More Than a ‘Big Mouth’

April 14, 2014

Bin Laden, Zawahiri and Awlaki are all names that have entered the terrorist lexicon, becoming so well known that they are referred to by one name, like Oprah or Bono. Since the spate of homegrown terrorists attacks that hit the United States in 2009, Awlaki’s reputation has grown more than the rest.
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Transformation and turbulence in the Middle East

September 23, 2013

The Middle East has seen its share of troubles, but this tumultuous region is arguably going through its most transformative and turbulent time in its modern history. Two years ago, a wave of people power protests toppled numerous long-standing regimes in the region in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya. It ushered in reforms and changes to many more. It was a hopeful and transformative time.
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Stop Fixating on Mubarak

January 17, 2013

Last week, Robert Gibbs was asked to clarify what President Obama meant when he said “an orderly transition must begin now.” “Now means yesterday,” Gibbs replied. Fast forward a few days and the administration’s special emissary to Egypt, Frank Wisner, says, “President Mubarak’s role remains extremely critical in the days ahead.”
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Youthquake in the Middle East

April 6, 2011

They are called shabab — the youth. This young Arab generation, much like the West’s protest generation of the 1960s, will change not just the politics but the entire culture and outlook of the Middle East.

But whereas the baby boomers appropriated the rhetoric of revolution, the shabab are rising up against real authoritarian governments, not just parental tyranny. They fought and won two revolutions, and counting.
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