Influential Violent Extremist Organizational Partners of Iran

August 2019 No Comments

Influential Violent Extremist Organizational Partners of Iran Authors | Editors: Logan, M. K. (University of Nebraska Omaha); Zimmerman, L. (University of Nebraska Omaha); Ligon, G. (University of Nebraska Omaha) Executive Summary This paper addresses two key Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) with close ties to the Iran regime. More specifically, we examine the organizational and leadership characteristics of the Badr Brigades and Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) using the Leadership for the Extreme […]

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Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East

August 2019 No Comments

“Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East” Speaker: Cagaptay, S. (The Washington Institute) Date: 2 August 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Soner Cagaptay (The Washington Institute) as a part of its SMA CENTCOM Speaker Series. Dr. Cagaptay first explained that this is an important time when it comes to Turkey’s international […]

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Blockchain: What’s Not to Like?

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“Blockchain: What’s Not to Like?” Speaker: Rosenthal, D. Date: 30 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. David Rosenthal (Retired) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. During his presentation, Dr. Rosenthal adopted a skeptical view of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He stated that the goal of his presentation was to explain […]

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Africa, Advanced Technology, and Security Panel Discussion

July 2019 No Comments

“Africa, Advanced Technology, and Security Panel Discussion“ Speakers: Arias, R. (USAFRICOM Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Science, Technology & Innovation Office J804); Beguir, K. (InstaDeep AI); Smart, A. (Google); Siminyu, K. (Artificial Intelligence for Development- Africa); Sutherlin, G. (National Defense University) Date: 22 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a panel discussion as a part of its SMA AFRICOM […]

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Measuring the Potential of Social Networks to Affect Resident Popular Behavior in Support of United States Strategic Ends

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“Measuring the Potential of Social Networks to Affect Resident Popular Behavior in Support of United States Strategic Ends“ Speaker: Battle, S. (US 8th Army at Camp Humphreys – Republic of Korea) Date: 26 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by LTC Stephen Battle (US 8th Army at Camp Humphreys – Republic of Korea) as a […]

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Going Dark: Implications of an Encrypted World

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“Going Dark: Implications of an Encrypted World“ Speakers: Wagner, A. (Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism); D’Antoine, S. (Margin Research) Date: 23 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Abraham Wagner (Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism) and Ms. Sophia D’Antoine (Margin Research) as a part of its SMA DHS Speaker Series. Dr. Wagner set the context for the talk by reminding listeners […]

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Hedged Bets or Shared Norms? Sino-Russian Great Power Relations and Public Opinion

July 2019 No Comments

“Hedged Bets or Shared Norms? Sino-Russian Great Power Relations and Public Opinion“ Speakers: Gregory, E. J. (US Army); Sherlock, T. (United States Military Academy at West Point) Date: 24 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Thomas Sherlock (United States Military Academy at West Point) and Col E. John Gregory (US Army) as a part of its SMA Future of Global Competition and […]

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Learning Lessons from the Ukraine Conflict

July 2019 No Comments

“Learning Lessons from the Ukraine Conflict“ Speakers: Angevine, R. (Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)); Frye, C. (IDA); Warden, J. (IDA)  Date: 18 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Robert Angevine (Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)), Mr. Clark Frye (IDA), and Mr. John Warden (IDA) as a part of its SMA […]

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Are Academic Social Scientists in Thrall of a Cult of the Irrelevant and Will This Make Them Hors de Combat in National Security Affairs?

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“Are Academic Social Scientists in Thrall of a Cult of the Irrelevant and Will This Make Them Hors de Combat in National Security Affairs?“ Speaker: Desch, M. (University of Notre Dame) Date: 16 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Michael Desch (University of Notre Dame) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. Dr. Desch’s presentation focused […]

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Impl. Project: Data-driven CVE and Counter-State Initiatives in the Philippines

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“Impl. Project: Data-driven CVE and Counter-state Initiatives in the Philippines” Speaker: Richmond, J. (Impl. Project) Date: 15 July 2019 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Mr. Justin Richmond (Impl. Project) as a part of its SMA INDOPACOM Speaker Series. Mr. Richmond first explained that the Implementation “Impl.” Project establishes data ecosystems to assess, monitor, and evaluate social […]

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