A Message To The Army: You Just Can’t Kill Anyone

A month ago, there was a siege in a village. A contact, who will remain unnamed for security reasons, gave me a horrific account of the military madness that took place in the pristine valley of Kashmir.  They did it again. They shot four boys in our neighborhood. One was fifteen-years old. Oh God, I thought. He is too young to die. He belongs to someone. I could not (did not want to) … [Read more...]

Can We Engage Muslims To Counter Violent Extremism (CVE)?

Years ago, winning the 'hearts and minds' of Muslims worldwide was Washington's solution to disrupting and defeating terrorism. The 'hearts and minds' campaign was intended to do many things, which included motivating Muslims to 'take back Islam.' Some Muslims viewed the campaign with skepticism; others distrusted and denounced it. Today, the new terminology in the world community is CVE or … [Read more...]

What Do We Think of The Pakistan Police?

Recently, I was asked to write a paper on the Pakistan police, which is a touchy topic. Years ago, the police had been labeled as corrupt, careless, and coddling with shadowy political elites and thugs. That perception continues to persist, although the police over time has scored a few successes in helping the Pakistan Army to combat and capture terrorists that pose a threat to the security of … [Read more...]

If You Missed The Republican Debate

The other night, 10 Republican candidates did it again. They discussed important domestic and international issues, including Iran, but with little bickering and blaming this time. And there was an engaging audience, which is encouraging and exciting to watch. Hosted by FOX news, each candidate had an opportunity to briefly talk about his plan for the future, should he become the next … [Read more...]

The First Female Sheriff of King County Is a Role Model

Former King County Sheriff Sue Rahr is a beautiful, kind-hearted woman with light eyes and a wide smile. I had hardly known her, except through her writing--she is the lead author of a forthcoming paper, "From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals" with Dr. Stephen K. Rice, to be published this spring in Harvard University's New Perspectives in … [Read more...]

Looking Back at The Police Use of Force in America

Policing in America has a long history of changes and challenges. Like any security agency, the police is an institution that is constantly adapting to new communities and circumstances. Police shootings and the debate that centers on police accountability for violent action forced me to look back at the history of American policing. What I realized is the public's recent distrust and distress … [Read more...]

A Historical View of Policing in America

Policing in America has a long history of changes and challenges. Like any security agency, the police is an institution that is constantly adapting to new communities and circumstances. Police shootings and the debate that centers on police accountability for violent action forced me to look back at the history of American policing. What I realized is the public's recent distrust and distress … [Read more...]

Can We Separate Moderate Islam from Militant Islam?

This question is centered on the premise that moderate and militant Islam are both valid. The truth is only one Islam exists, despite its varied interpretations, schools of thought and sects. Diversity in Islam is permitted so long as the core of the faith--its basic principles and values--do not change. Because militant Islam deviates from Islam's core, it can not be called Islam. The Core of … [Read more...]

Elections in Kashmir Set a Historic Precedent

In winter 2014, elections in Indian-held Kashmir should have been a benchmark for change. But the opposite occurred. The local government came to a standstill. And the Indian Army took control of the valley until the Governor stepped in. The French historian Alexis de Tocqueville said, "When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness." For decades, Kashmir looked as … [Read more...]

Strategies To Fight Terrorism

  Radical women are joining al-Qaeda and groups like ISIS. In my last post, I highlighted the roles these women play and why they are critical to male-dominated terror groups. Identifying radical women and discouraging them from joining terrorism requires short and long-term policies In the short presentation, I offer policy recommendations at the strategic and tactical level. My … [Read more...]

Is There Really A “New” Middle East?

Since the death of the Saudi King, there is growing attention on the "new Middle East." The underlying premise of a "new" Arab world presupposes change. That there are serious political, security, economic, social and cultural shifts suggests that this very complex region can be adaptive, adjust to new global realities, and accept political transitions. But the truth is the Kingdom, and other … [Read more...]