Category Archives: Debrief

Syria Opposition Flag

#6 Brad Bosserman On The Crisis In Syria

In this episode of Debrief, James Sheehan is joined by Brad Bosserman, Director of the MENA Initiative at NDN in Washington, DC.

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James and Brad discuss the role that the US can play in rebuilding Syria along with the significance of chemical weapons and the influence of extremist organizations.

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Brad is a Policy Analyst at NDN and the New Policy Institute where he serves as Director of the Middle East and North Africa Initiative. He has published reports on a wide range of national security and international relations topics at the Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Roosevelt Institute, and the New Policy Institute. He contributed a chapter to the recently published book US Iranian Strategic Competition, and his analysis and commentary has appeared in The Hill, The Boston Globe, Salon, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Review of Near East Affairs, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. .

MENA Initiative and NDN

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#5: Virginia Comolli on Boko Haram

In this episode of Debrief, Jamiesha Majevadia is joined by Virginia Comolli, Research Associate for Transnational Threats at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.

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Jamiesha & Virginia discuss the growth and trajectory of Boko Haram and the impact the group has had on Nigeria and its neighbouring countries. They also discuss the nature of suspected al Qaeda links,  the level and consequences of government responses and some predictions of the future trajectory of the group.

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Virginia is the Research Associate for Transnational Threats at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, currently focusing on transnational organized crime and security threats in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, Virginia has been seconded to the UK Ministry of Justice and also worked in the private sector in security and strategic intelligence. She is the co-author of the book “Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: the Problems of Prohibition” published earlier in 2012.

You can view her IISS profile here.

Follow Jamiesha (@Jamiesha_Maj) and Virginia (@VirginiaComolli)on twitter.

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Shiraz Maher and Tom Hashemi

#4: Shiraz Maher on Islamists, al Qaeda & the Arab Spring

In this episode of Debrief, Tom Hashemi is joined by Shiraz Maher, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR).

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Shiraz Maher and Tom Hashemi

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Shiraz & Tom discuss the effect that the uprisings across the Middle East have had on Islamism, and in particular on al Qaeda’s recruitment ability. The conflict in Syria is considered, and Shiraz affirms his belief that military intervention offers the best solution to the destruction that is currently pervasive in the Arab nation.

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Shiraz Maher is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). He is currently writing an intellectual history of al-Qaeda, exploring the development of its political thought by drawing on hitherto unexamined material. Prior to joining ICSR, Shiraz was a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange where he worked on Foreign Policy and Security.

Follow Shiraz (@shirazmaher) and theriskyshift.com (@theriskyshift).

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#3: The Cultural Spring: Film & The Middle East

In this episode of Debrief, Jamiesha Majevadia is joined by Yasmin El Derby, Director of the London MENA Film Festival.

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Yasmin & Jamiesha discuss the Arab Spring, the impact the rise of Islamism may have on Middle Eastern film, and spend a few minutes covering the film festival itself. If you haven’t already checked out the festival’s programme, you can do so here.

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Yasmin El Derby is founding director at the London MENA Film Festival (LMFF) with responsibly for programming and artistic development.  As well as working at LMFF Yasmin has produced a short film promoting positive dialogue between East & West. She has been heavily involved in the production of a television series and is currently producing a documentary film. Yasmin has also worked with ‘Media for Development’ projects in Eastern Africa.

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Photo credit: The London MENA Film Festival

Brick Lane Multiculturalism

#2: Multiculturalism & The British Dream?

In this episode of Debrief, part of a week-long series on multiculturalism, Jamiesha Majevadia is joined by David Goodhart, Director of the London-based think tank Demos.

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Brick Lane Multiculturalism

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David & Jamiesha discuss issues of multiculturalism, racism and extremism in Britain. Is Britain, to use Trevor Philips’ words, sleepwalking into segregation? Is there a ‘Muslim problem’ in the UK? Is Islamophobia as rampant as we are led to believe?

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David is the director of Demos, a London-based think tank. He is editor-at-large of Prospect magazine, which he founded in 1995 and grew into Britain’s leading current affairs monthly. An established broadcaster, author, commentator and journalist, David regularly contributes to some of Britain’s leading newspapers including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and the Financial Times.

US Navy

#1: The Pivot To The Pacific

For the first edition of Debrief, James Sheehan is joined by Lieutenants Kurt Albaugh (President) and Scott Cheney-Peters (Founding Director) of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC).

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Kurt, Scott and James discuss the US Navy’s “pivot to the Pacific”, whether maritime disputes over economic resources – such as fisheries in the South China Sea – are based on economic or security concerns, the Joint Strike Fighter programme, the Falkland Islands and the issue of international piracy.

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The Center for International Maritime Security is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank. It was formed in 2012 to bring together forward-thinkers from a variety of fields to examine the capabilities, threats, hotspots, and opportunities for security in the maritime domain.

All views expressed during this Debrief are those of the individual speakers. They do not represent the views or opinions of theriskyshift.com, nor the official viewpoints or opinions of the United States Navy, the United States Department of Defense or the United States Government.

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Debrief

Introducing theriskyshift.com’s Debrief

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We are excited to announce the start of our new podcast series Debrief and even more excited to reveal our first guests for the series. Introducing:

David Goodhart, Demos

David is the director of Demos, a London-based think-tank. He is editor-at-large of Prospect magazine, which he founded in 1995 and grew into Britain’s leading current affairs monthly. An established broadcaster, author, commentator and journalist, David regularly contributes to some of Britain’s leading newspapers including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and the Financial Times.

Lieutenants Kurt Albaugh (President) & Scott Cheney-Peters (Founding Director), CIMSEC

The Center for International Maritime Security is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank. It was formed in 2012 to bring together forward-thinkers from a variety of fields to examine the capabilities, threats, hotspots, and opportunities for security in the maritime domain.

All views expressed during this Debrief are those of the speaker(s). They do not represent official viewpoints or opinions of the United States Navy, the United States Department of Defense or the United States Government.

Yasmin El Derby, London MENA Film Festival

Yasmin is founding director at the London MENA Film Festival (LMFF) with responsibly for programming and artistic development. She is keen for the festival to achieve its objective of being accessible to everyone, and forming a cross-cultural platform in the Capital.

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