On March 4, 2016, we will host Culture in the Crossfire: The Security and Policy Implications of the Trafficking and Destruction of Antiquities, at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies.
The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, coupled with the rise of the Islamic State (IS), have brought renewed attention to the plight of cultural heritage in the Middle East and throughout the world. The trafficking and destruction of antiquities funds armed groups and organized crime, while also fulfilling the ideological goals of extremists. Without efforts to protect cultural heritage, it is likely that irreplaceable losses to our shared history will continue unabated.
The goal of this conference is to accurately portray the global scale of these problems and to propose tangible policy solutions for the public and private sectors to address these phenomena.
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Sharad Joshi, Gretchen Peters, and Phil Williams
in The Future of Counterinsurgency: Contemporary Debates in Internal Security Strategy by Lawrence E. Cline and Paul Shemella, Editors, Praeger, 2015
Please congratulate March Elliott and Jonathan Prohov on their recent publication in the CTC Sentinel with Brigadier General (Ret.) Russell Howard.
BG (ret.) Russell Howard, MonTREP Senior Fellow, along with MonTREP students Marc Elliott and Jonathan Prohov, published an Op Ed this week entitled, “How ISIS Funds Terror Through Black Market Antiques Trade”.
MonTREP Professor, Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale, was interviewed in an LA Times article published this morning entitled, “Islamic State has offered to trade hostages for imprisoned ‘superstar'”.
NPTS Professor and MonTREP Senior Researcher Jeffrey M. Bale was among those interviewed by Vice News concerning the 28 pages redacted by the Bush Administration from the US Government’s bipartisan 9/11 Report, which provided evidence of the reported involvement of Saudi officials in providing aid to some of the 9/11 hijackers. View full article here: https://news.vice.com/article/campaign-mounts-to-declassify-911-reports-references-to-alleged-saudi-involvement?utm_source=vicenewsfb
The Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program at the Monterey Institute hosted its second annual workshop on special operations in counterterrorism bringing in experts in the field toMIIS to present March 28-30, 2014. Guest speakers from ranging from active duty military officers from Naval Post Graduate School’s Defense Analysis Department, Linda Robinson from RAND, as well as specialists from many other special operations fields, explored intelligence and SOF related challenges related to their roles in countering terrorism threats. Both intelligence and SOF have been instrumental in addressing all major threats to US National Security for the past several decades, however, since 9/11 both have increased in importance to U.S. policy makers as they address America’s new enemies; transnational, non-state actors with global reach and who are seeking access to weapons of mass destruction.
In an article published this morning by the Los Angeles Times, MonTREP’s director, Gen. (RET) Russell Howard gave insight into the recent threat escalation following intercepted communication between al-Qa’ida’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and AQAP’s de facto leader, Nasser Wuhayshi. Read the article here.