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Protests in Turkey: What’s Happening and What’s Next

June 5, 2013

When the protests first broke out in Istanbul’s Gezi Park last week, I’ll have to admit I wasn’t phased…at first. The Turkish citizenry is particularly active when it comes to protesting. While studying abroad last fall, I got fairly accustomed to seeing the police with their riot gear out in Taksim or Kadıköy. And while… Read More ›

Security News, February 4: Terrorism in Turkey, Lebanon Fights Back, and More

Turkey A far-left group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara that left two dead (including the bomber) and one injured. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) posted a statement on its website claiming responsibility for the attack. In its statement the group called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip… Read More ›

Security News: December 26, 2012

Syria Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Jazzim al-Shallal, Syria’s military police chief, has reportedly defected from the government. Maj. Gen. al-Shallal announced his defection in a video posted online. “The Syrian military has strayed from its core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but armed gangs that kill and destroy the cities and the… Read More ›

Nuclear News: December 9, 2012

The United States has carried out a nonexplosive nuclear test in Nevada. The subcritical test did not involve a fission process that is key to atomic detonations. The test took place at the Nevada National Security Site. The test–the first since February 2011–studied “how plutonium responds to a conventional explosive detonation.”  The US has said… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 6, 2012

Germany / Turkey The German Cabinet has agreed  to send Patriot missiles as well as up to 400 soldiers to Turkey  in order to strengthen Turkish air defense against Syrian missiles striking across the border. In a statement NATO said that “any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 2, 2012

Syria Today, two car bombs exploded in the city of Homs. As a result, at least seven people were killed and dozens were injured. Afghanistan A Taliban suicide attack against a NATO base at an airport in Jalalabad,  Afghanistan killed at least 5 people and left several civilians and soldiers wounded. The Taliban has claimed… Read More ›

Security Brief: Drone Edition

Are post-election changes to the US drone program in the forecast? Two Washington projects are key to the future of the drone program. The first is the codifying of Washington’s use of “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV’s). The second is the new pick for the CIA directorship recently vacated by General Petraeus. The New York Times… Read More ›

Security Brief: July 20-23, 2012

Syria In the wake of an attack that left four Syrian officials dead, fighting between rebel forces and the Syrian government escalated in two previously quiet urban areas: Aleppo and Damascus. In the first few days of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and reflection, many Damascenes are faced with unexpected food and gas… Read More ›