The RAND Blog

December 2008

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    Backlash Against Terror

    Seth G. Jones

    Dec 21, 2008

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, are part of a disturbing trend across the Muslim world of groups that target civilians in the name of Islam. Less visible to Western eyes, but potentially just as significant, is a growing backlash among Muslims who condemn such attacks as unethical, writes Seth Jones.

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    Obama, Congress Can Improve FEMA, Homeland Security

    Melissa Flournoy

    Dec 21, 2008

    The Press-Register

    In his campaign, President-elect Barack Obama pledged to rebuild the Gulf Coast — one of the country's most wounded, yet economically strategic, regions.To keep this laudable promise, he will need to make a sustained commitment not only to a national disaster recovery plan, but also a comprehensive economic development strategy for the Gulf Coast, writes Melissa Flournoy.

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    Iraq

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    In Iraq, a Different Kind of Drama Stages a Message of Reconciliation

    Edward O'Connell, Cheryl Benard

    Dec 18, 2008

    Christian Science Monitor

    While female suicide bombers in Iraq have been getting all the headlines, a very different cadre of women has emerged on the scene with the opposite goal of forging peace and paving over the sectarian differences. Above all, these activists want to take back the streets and neighborhoods of their country, write Edward O'Connell and Cheryl Benard.

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    Is Ahmadinejad in Trouble?

    Alireza Nader

    Dec 17, 2008

    United Press International

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may lose the June 2009 presidential election. And a more pragmatic figure... may assume power. But no one, especially in the United States, should count on a dramatic change in Iran's policies, even if Ahmadinejad loses, writes Alireza Nader.

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    The Obama Withdrawal From Iraq: How Fast?

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    Dec 16, 2008

    NationalJournal.com

    The debate over withdrawal of American forces from Iraq has effectively ended: Troops will begin withdrawing in early 2009.... What is not yet entirely clear is what type of residual American force may remain in Iraq, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

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    Terrorism Threat Assessment

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    Mumbai's Terrifying Logic

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    Dec 9, 2008

    United Press International

    We tend to describe terrorism as senseless violence, but it seldom is. If we look at the attacks from the attackers' perspective, we can discern a certain strategic logic, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

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    India, Pakistan Must Confront Threat of More Violence

    C. Christine Fair

    Dec 9, 2008

    CNN.com

    As the last Mumbai sites were being cleared of terrorists, grim signs emerged of the challenges that face India and Pakistan. Unfortunately, beginning to know what the Mumbai attack was -- and what it was not -- only augurs more violence for India. At least three factors are at play, writes Christine Fair.

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    The Backlash Against Terror

    Seth G. Jones

    Dec 8, 2008

    Ethics Newsline, a publication of the Institute for Global Ethics

    The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, are part of a disturbing trend across the Muslim world of groups that target civilians in the name of Islam. Less visible to Western eyes, but potentially just as significant, is a growing backlash among Muslims who condemn such attacks as unethical, writes Seth Jones.

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    How Will Obama First Be Tested?

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    Dec 8, 2008

    NationalJournal.com

    Vice President-elect Biden was on solid historical ground. He was not implying that there is a band of bad guys hiding in some cellar conjuring up a crisis specifically to take on Obama. It is simply that, many new American presidents have confronted major foreign policy crises within their first year in office, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

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    Grab Vital Habitat Now: How Riverside County Can Step Up Conservation While Land Prices Are Down

    Lloyd Dixon

    Dec 1, 2008

    The Press-Enterprise

    The economic slowdown threatens to put a crimp in ambitious efforts to balance preservation, transportation improvements and development in western Riverside County. It doesn't have to. Actually, it presents an opportunity, writes Lloyd Dixon.

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