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Friday, August 15th, 2014

USAID Releases guide to Strengthening Civil Society Through Social Media

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Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media has been developed as a reference guide for civil society organizations (CSOs) working in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and its implementing partners in advancing their critical missions. In line with the USAID Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (June 2013), this manual is designed as a blueprint for CSOs to:

• Integrate and use technology to promote democracy, human rights and governance;
• Utilize social media to support greater citizen participation and transparent political
processes; and
• Strengthen mutual accountability among CSOs, government institutions and
citizens by creating real-time and direct interaction and organizing.

Social media operations are most effective when they are strategically incorporated as part of an organization’s outreach, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation efforts. With this in mind, the guide is intended as a local capacity building tool to strengthen the ability of entire organizations, their staff and members to deliver greater impact. This guide (Version 1, 2014), presents an overview of the most widely-used and accessible

social media tools. Future manuals will capture developments in the social media.

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media includes interactive features such
as links to multimedia content, websites and workouts to help civil society organizations engage and share information.
View the flipbook and download a PDF version at www.usaid.gov/SMGuide4CSO.  Use #SMGuide4

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MIIS Resource Centers and Initiatives: A world of possibilities just around the corner from you!

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Alex Amling during IPSS in Cambodia

The concept of Immersive Learning is a significant component of the MIIS experience. Every student is encouraged to take advantage of the many venues available to expand his/her skills and knowledge beyond the classroom setting. Luckily, students do not need to look too far, as the Monterey Institute is home to an important number of research centers and initiatives available for students to explore innovative and original approaches to pressing global issues.

From the possibility of participating in relevant internships and fellowships, to the opportunity to conduct further research and the chance to be published in scholarly journals, faculty and staff at each of the eight research centers and initiatives are available to supplement the students’ learning process, by exposing them to specialized resources and tools.

  • The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) explores the economic contributions of the oceans and coasts to human welfare, as well as the current economic drivers that undermine ocean health.
  • The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) develops programs and publications contributing to the exploration of conflict, from understanding its causes to developing tools and skills to resolve conflicts in a non-violent manner.
  • The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) sponsors research, seminars and lectures relating to contemporary issues pertaining to the region of East Asia (China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan).
  • The Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), the newest research center on campus, provides programs for budding social entrepreneurs and conducts research on management issues in social ventures and impact investing.
  • The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is the largest nongovernmental organization in the world devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and is the only organization dedicated exclusively to graduate education and research on nonproliferation issues.
  • The Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training and Analysis Laboratory (META Lab) aims to capitalize on the flourishing importance of data-science as a discipline, and the rising demand for evidence-based policy evaluation.
  • The Monterey Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec) addresses the impact of the information age on security, peace and communication through multidisciplinary research, key-leader engagements and public-private partnerships.
  • The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP) conducts in-depth scholarly research, assesses policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism and counterterrorism, extremist groups, regional studies of terrorism, and related aspects of international and homeland security.

 

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

U.S. TIP Grant Solicitation for research on Trafficking in Persons

 

Email from TIP Office Public Outreach [TIPOutreach@state.gov]USA

U.S. Department of State

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

 Competitive Grant Solicitation for Research on Trafficking in Persons in Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons announces an open competition for funding of one or more projects to answer the following research question:  How do supply chains that touch sub-Saharan Africa operate and intersect with trafficking in persons, and prevent trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa?

Using the results of this research question, the successful applicant will develop a highly detailed typology across sectors, commodities, regions or other subdivisions that become apparent during the research.  The goal of the research is to enable governments and businesses to identify risks and best practices of programs, policies, and laws to combat those risks.

The request for proposals is posted on www.grantsolutions.gov and www.grants.gov under funding opportunity number AT-ATC-14-009.  To be considered for funding, proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

U.S.-based and foreign non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public international organizations (PIOs), and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

 

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

GSIPM Prof. Akaha Attended International Convention of Asian Scholars Conference (ICAS) in Macau.

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Professor Akaha presented a paper, “Russia and East Asia: Informal and Gradual Integration,” at the Eighth International Conference of Asia Scholars in Macau, June 24-27.

ICAS was founded in 1997, and has attracted more than 1,500 academics from over 50 countries for this year’s conference. Participants were able to check out new publications during the book fair as part of the conference. For more information and upcoming calls for papers, you can follow ICAS on Facebook.

 

 

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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Friday, May 4th, 2012

Matthew Fricker Published in Perspectives on Terrorism: A Journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative

Matthew Fricker, a Monterey Institute student in the Masters in non-proliferation and terrorism studies program, co-authored an article that was recently published in Perspectives on Terrorism, a prestigious journal that focuses on terrorism research.

The article, titled: Practice Makes Perfect?: The Changing Civilian Toll of CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan, can be found at the links below.

Abstract

U.S. officials have recently claimed that the CIA has sharply reduced the number of civilian casualties resulting from covert Predator and Reaper drone strikes in the Taliban-controlled agencies of Northwest Pakistan. Critics, especially in Pakistan, along with human rights NGOs have, however, questioned these claims. This article examines independent databases tracking the drone strikes and finds that there is significant support for the U.S. officials’ claims, or at least for their more moderate assertions. It also briefly reviews the explanations that have been offered for the declining civilian death toll from drone strikes. It shows that there is reason to believe that this development is the deliberate result of adjustments to CIA targeting procedures and improvements in spy networks and technology, and thus is likely to prove broadly sustainable at least for the immediate future.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The National Interest Publishes Dr. Gordon Hahn

The National Interest, an online platform allowing scholars to voice research, opinions and stimulate debate have published a piece written by Doctor Gordon Hanh.

The publication, entitled Romney’s Russia Gambit, can be found at the following link:

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/romneys-russia-gambit-6757

 

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The 55th issue of Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is now available!

The 55th issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is available at
 

No. 55, 16 April 2012, SPECIAL REPORT

Jihadist and Islamist Trends in Eurasia in 2011

ABOUT IIPER
 Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is a project of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  It focuses on all politically-relevant issues involving or bearing on Islam, Islamism, and Jihadism in Russia and Eurasia writ large.  All issues of IIPER are archived at https://csis.org/node/33013/publication.  Issues 1-44 are also archived at: www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report.
 IIPER is compiled, edited and, unless indicated otherwise, written by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn.  Dr. Hahn is a Senior Associate (Non-Resident) in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP), Monterey, California.  He is also a Senior Researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group and an Analyst and Consultant for Russia Other Points of View – Russia Media Watch, www.russiaotherpointsofview.com.  He teaches courses on both politics and terrorism in Russia and Eurasia at MonTREP.  Dr. Hahn is the author of two well-received books, Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007) and Russia’s Revolution From Above (Transaction, 2002) as well as numerous articles on Russian, Eurasian and international politics. 
IIPER welcomes submissions on any aspect of Islamic, Islamist, or Jihadist politics in Eurasia as well as financial contributions to support the project.  For related inquiries or to request to be included on IIPER’s mailing list, please contact:
Dr. Gordon M. Hahn
Tel: (831) 647-3535 Fax: (831) 647-6522

 

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The 54th issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is available!

The 54th issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is availabe at http://csis.org/publication/islam-islamism-and-politics-eurasia-report-iiper-no-54-31-march-2012.

 

The contents of this issue are described below:

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER)

No. 54, 31 March 2012

SPECIAL REPORT

Jihadist and Islamist Trends in Eurasia in 2011, Part I

By Gordon M. Hahn, Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

PLUS: First Suicide Bombing of 2012 in Russia Occurs in Dagestan

* IIPER is written and edited by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn unless otherwise noted. Research assistance is provided by Yelena Altman, Sara Amstutz, Mark Archibald, Michelle Enriquez, Seth Gray, John Andrew Jones, Casey Mahoney, Anna Nevo, Daniel Painter, and Elizabeth Wolcott. IIPER accepts outside submissions.

 

ABOUT IIPER

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is a project of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It focuses on all politically-relevant issues involving or bearing on Islam, Islamism, and Jihadism in Russia and Eurasia writ large. All issues of IIPER will soon be permanently archived at http://csis.org/program/russia-and-eurasia-program. All back issues temporarily remain archived at: www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report<http://www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report>.

 

IIPER is compiled, edited and, unless indicated otherwise, written by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn. Dr. Hahn is a Senior Associate (Non-Resident) in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP), Monterey, California. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group and an Analyst and Consultant for Russia Other Points of View – Russia Media Watch, www.russiaotherpointsofview.com. He teaches courses on both politics and terrorism in Russia and Eurasia at MonTREP. Dr. Hahn is the author of two well-received books, Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007) and Russia’s Revolution From Above (Transaction, 2002) as well as numerous articles on Russian, Eurasian and international politics.

 

IIPER welcomes submissions on any aspect of Islamic, Islamist, or Jihadist politics in Eurasia as well as financial contributions to support the project. For related inquiries or to request to be included on IIPER’s mailing list, please contact:

Dr. Gordon M. Hahn

Tel: (831) 647-3535 Fax: (831) 647-6522

Email: ghahn@miis.edu

 

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The 53rd Issue of Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) Now Available

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is a bimonthly analysis issued by the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. IIPER focuses on all politically relevant issues involving or bearing on Islam, Islamism, and jihadism in Russia and Eurasia writ large. The report is compiled, edited, and unless indicated otherwise, written by Gordon M. Hahn, a nonresident senior associate at CSIS.

No. 53, 12 March 2012

Contents:

Russia

  • Possible Caucasus Emirate Plot to Assassinate Vladimir Putin Foiled
  • CE-Tied Jihadi Jamaat Allegedly Uncovered in Western Siberia
  • CE Galgaiche Vilaiyat Qadi Abu Dudzhan Killed
  • New Violent Jihadi Incident in Tatarstan

 

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Call for papers: The Michigan Journal of Asian Studies

The Michigan Journal of Asian Studies is now calling for submissions for the Winter 2012 term. The Michigan Journal of Asian Studies is a peer-reviewed, general interest, scholarly journal that aims to provide graduate and undergraduate students around the world with a venue for publication of research, analytical papers, and book reviews from all academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities pertaining to South, Southeast, Inner, and East Asia. It is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2012

Questions and submissions can be sent to michiganjournalofasianstudies@umich.edu.

Submission guidelines and further information about the Michigan Journal of Asian Studies may be found at http://m-jas.org/.

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Issue 48 of Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report Now Available!

 

The 48th issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is now available.  IIPER is published by Gordon M. Hahn under the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.  Back issues will gradually become available at http://csis.org/publication/islam-islamism-and-politics-eurasia-report-iiper.  Issues 1-44 are available at www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report.

 

IIPER is written and edited by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn unless otherwise indicated in the report.


Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Monterey Herald: MIIS student transforms nuclear intelligence

A Monterey graduate student is adding another dimension to nuclear intelligence and attracting the interest of high-ranking defense officials.

Second-year graduate student Tamara Patton of the Monterey Institute of International Studies has been attending exclusive intelligence meetings and working on special assignments. That started after Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller identified her work as an example of how publicly available technology will help analyze and identify the presence of potential weapon sites. Gottemoeller mentioned Patton in a speech at Stanford University on Oct. 27.

Patton used Google Earth for satellite photos and Google SketchUp, a free 3D modeling program, to construct virtual recreations of potential nuclear processing facilities.

“It’s seeing nuclear infrastructure in a different way, that is more real to people,” said Frank Pabian, a visiting lecturer at MIIS and senior geospatial information analyst at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

“They don’t comprehend the size, the layout, the complexity just by looking at a two-dimensional vertical view,” Pabian said. “With three dimensions you get the context. It’s almost like you’re there.”

Since Gottemoeller’s speech at Stanford, Patton has found more work coming her way. Colleagues at the institute invited her to model a structure in northwest Syria that United Nations investigators suspected of being a nuclear enriching facility. With limited information based off satellite imagery from Google Earth, Patton made a detailed model viewable to the public (available at http://cns.miis.edu/press.htm).

“She’s done a phenomenal job of squeezing blood out of a stone,” Pabian said.

Click here to read more

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

IIPER No. 46.

The 46th issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) published by Gordon M. Hahn under the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.  Back issues will gradually become available.

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report
No. 46, 31 October 2011
Edited and Written by Gordon M. Hahn (unless otherwise indicated)

CONTENTS:
RUSSIA
THE CE’S ETHNIC RUSSIAN MUJAHEDIN
CE CONTINUES TO PROPAGATE THE AQ AND TALIBAN
CE PAYS HOMAGE TO AWLAKI
CE WEBSITE POSTS MAQDISI’S COMMENT ON CE MUJAHEDIN’S SALAFIST-JIHADIST CREDENTIALS
CE-AFFILIATED WEBSITE’S DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CE ATTACKS AND RESULTING CASUALTIES FROM JANUARY THROUGH AUGUST 2011
HOW MANY MUJAHEDIN ARE THERE IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS?
NATIONALISM, ISLAMISM, AND JIHADISM IN THE VOLGA-URAL
MEDVEDEV NOTES PRESENCE OF “EXTREMIST STRUCTURES” IN BASHKIRIYA
RUSSIAN MUFTI ASHIROV REJECTS RUSSIAN COURT DECISIONS
TATARSTAN’S CHIEF MUFTI CRITICISES RUSSIAN MUSLIM FILM FESTIVAL

CENTRAL ASIA by Yelena Altman
KAZAKHSTAN JUDGE FIRED FOR EXTREMIST TIES
FOUR SENTENCED FOR JIHADI ATTACKS IN KAZAKHSTAN
THREE MEN SENTENCED IN UZBEK COURT FOR RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM
BBC REPORTER CONVICTED IN TAJIKISTAN
FOUR HIZB UT-TAHRIR ISLAMI MEMBERS SENTENCED TO PRISON IN TAJIKISTAN
TWO WOMEN ARRESTED IN KYRGYSTAN FOR HIZB IT-TAHRIR ISLAMI INVOLVMENT
KYRGYZSTAN ARRESTED ISLAMIC JIHAD UNION SUSPECTS
KYRGYZSTAN EXTRADITES A RUSSIAN CITIZEN TO MOSCOW
TAJIKISTAN DRUG SMUGGLERS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING

IIPER is written and edited by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn unless otherwise noted.  Research assistance is provided by Yelena Altman, Sara Amstutz, Mark Archibald, Michelle Enriquez, Seth Gray, John Andrew Jones, Casey Mahoney, Anna Nevo, Daniel Painter, and Elizabeth Wolcott.  IIPER accepts outside submissions.

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report

The 46th issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) published by Gordon M. Hahn under the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. Back issues will gradually become available at http://csis.org/publication/islam-islamism-and-politics-eurasia-report-iiper. Issues 1-44 are available at www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report.

No. 46, 31 October 2011

Edited and Written by Gordon M. Hahn (unless otherwise indicated)

 

CONTENTS:

RUSSIA

* THE CE’S ETHNIC RUSSIAN MUJAHEDIN

* CE CONTINUES TO PROPAGATE THE AQ AND TALIBAN

* CE PAYS HOMAGE TO AWLAKI

* CE WEBSITE POSTS MAQDISI’S COMMENT ON CE MUJAHEDIN’S SALAFIST-JIHADIST CREDENTIALS

* CE-AFFILIATED WEBSITE’S DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CE ATTACKS AND RESULTING CASUALTIES FROM JANUARY THROUGH AUGUST 2011

* HOW MANY MUJAHEDIN ARE THERE IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS?

* NATIONALISM, ISLAMISM, AND JIHADISM IN THE VOLGA-URAL

* MEDVEDEV NOTES PRESENCE OF “EXTREMIST STRUCTURES” IN BASHKIRIYA

* RUSSIAN MUFTI ASHIROV REJECTS RUSSIAN COURT DECISIONS

* TATARSTAN’S CHIEF MUFTI CRITICISES RUSSIAN MUSLIM FILM FESTIVAL

 

CENTRAL ASIA by Yelena Altman

* KAZAKHSTAN JUDGE FIRED FOR EXTREMIST TIES

* FOUR SENTENCED FOR JIHADI ATTACKS IN KAZAKHSTAN

* THREE MEN SENTENCED IN UZBEK COURT FOR RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

* BBC REPORTER CONVICTED IN TAJIKISTAN

* FOUR HIZB UT-TAHRIR ISLAMI MEMBERS SENTENCED TO PRISON IN TAJIKISTAN

* TWO WOMEN ARRESTED IN KYRGYSTAN FOR HIZB IT-TAHRIR ISLAMI INVOLVMENT

* KYRGYZSTAN ARRESTED ISLAMIC JIHAD UNION SUSPECTS

* KYRGYZSTAN EXTRADITES A RUSSIAN CITIZEN TO MOSCOW

* TAJIKISTAN DRUG SMUGGLERS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING

 

IIPER is written and edited by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn unless otherwise noted. Research assistance is provided by Yelena Altman, Sara Amstutz, Mark Archibald, Michelle Enriquez, Seth Gray, John Andrew Jones, Casey Mahoney, Anna Nevo, Daniel Painter, and Elizabeth Wolcott. IIPER accepts outside submissions.


Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Wei Lang recently quoted by US News and World Report

Professor Wei Lang recently quoted in: U.S. Economic Woes Put China in the Political Crosshairs
China, Washington’s Economic Scapegoat

By Jessica Rettig

To read full article please follow link:
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/10/12/us-economic-woes-put-china-in-the-political-crosshairs_print.html

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Call for Papers for the 70th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference, April 12 – 15, 2012, in Downtown Chicago

Call for Papers for the 70th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference, April 12 – 15, 2012, in Downtown Chicago
Proposal Submission Deadline: October 7. Submit a Proposal

* More political science research papers are presented here than any conference – a thousand panels in all sub-fields.
* Networking – Opening Reception on Wednesday; Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday; President’s Reception on Saturday.
* Everything happens in the newly restored Palmer House Hilton in Downtown Chicago.
* Large Exhibit Hall to view new textbooks & discuss manuscripts; Job Placement service for any interested attendees.

Founded in 1939, the MPSA is located in Bloomington, Indiana (101 W Kirkwood Ave, Suite 207). Visit our website

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The 42nd Issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is now available!

The 42nd issue of the Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is available at www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report. See the contents below:

Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report

No. 42, 22 June 2011

{} Edited and Written by Gordon M. Hahn (unless otherwise indicated)

{} Submissions are welcome

CONTENTS:

RUSSIA

  • ESTIMATE OF THE NUMBER OF JIHADI ATTACKS, JIHADI-RELATED INCIDENTS, AND ATTENDANT CASUALTIES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2011
  • U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFER $5 MILLION REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO CE AMIR UMAROV’S LOCATION
  • UMAROV COMMENTS ON BIN LADEN
  • UMAROV SETTLES HIS AFFAIRS: ARE HIS DAYS NUMBERED?
  • CE QADI ISSUES STATEMENT TO THE MUJAHEDIN
  • SELECTED GLOBAL JIHAD TRACTS RECENTLY POSTED BY CE WEBSITES: QUTB, AWLAKI, BIN LADEN, ZAWAHIRI
  • CHECHNYA NATIVE LORS DUKAEV (DOUKAEV) SENTENCED IN DENMARK FOR TERRORISM
  • TAJIK ISLAMIST DETAINED IN MOSCOW

CENTRAL ASIA by Yelena Altman (unless otherwise indicated)

  • TWO SUICIDE BLASTS IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • NEW VIDEOS FROM THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF UZBEKISTAN
  • HIZB UT-TAHRIR RECRUITS THE POOR AND UNSTABLE IN UZBEKISTAN
  • TABLISGH JAMAAT RECRUITER SENTENCED IN TAJIKISTAN

IIPER is written and edited by Dr. Gordon M. Hahn unless otherwise noted.  The section on Central Asia is written by Yelena Altman.  Research assistance is provided by Seth Gray, Leonid Naboishchikov, Anna Nevo, and Daniel Painter.

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The Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER) is a project of the Monterey Terrorism and Research and Education Program (MonTREP) at the Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS).  It focuses on all politically-relevant issues involving or bearing on Islam and ethnic Muslim communities in Russia and Eurasia writ large.  All issues of IIPER are available at: http://www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/ghahn/report.  IIPER welcomes submissions of 1,500-6,000 words on any aspect of Islamic politics in Eurasia and financial contributions to support the project.  For related inquiries or to request to be included on IIPER’s mailing list, please contact gordon.hahn@miis.edu or gordon-hahn@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Professor Cohen’s New Book Reviewed on New York Times

Professor Avner Cohen’s new book, “The Worst-Kept Secret,” is featured on the Books of the Times section of the New York Times today. Some highlights of the review:

“His 1998 book, “Israel and the Bomb” was deservedly praised for exposing the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program with clarity and precision. “The Worst-Kept Secret” expands on this history through analysis and advocacy. Unlike most critics of Israel’s nuclear policy Mr. Cohen supports its decision to build and maintain the bomb. But he says that refusing to acknowledge this arsenal or foster internal discussion about it is now counterproductive.”

“Agree or not — and Mr. Cohen acknowledges that a vast majority in Israel considers opacity a success — this exploration of the issues is thoughtful, measured and deep, and very much worthy of wide consideration.”

“The Worst-Kept Secret” is now available in hardcover.

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

MIIS Student Describes African J-Term Experience: “Media and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone”

Mary Magellan (IPS ’11) joined 13 other MIIS and Middlebury students on a two-week course in Sierra Leone last January.  She and her colleagues  are posting their experiences  on the Women’s International Perspective (WIP) website as part of a biweekly series. Her article, “Media and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone,” highlights how radio is utilized in post-war society for both empowerment and manipulation, and is now available at The WIP website.

Led by Professor Pushpa Iyer, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Conflict Resolution here at MIIS, The Challenges in Peacebuilding Practicum allowed students to study firsthand this ongoing peacebuilding effort in the war-torn West African state. Sierra Leone continues to struggle to build a stable civil society in the aftermath of a decade of brutal civil war that ended in 2002.