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19 March 2018


Middle East

Saudi Crown Prince: ‘Iran is Harboring al-Qaeda’ Leaders

Author/Source: Al Jazeera

“Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of being a destabilizing force in the region in an interview with US television in the run-up to his visit to the United States…”


In US- run Drill, Iraqi SWAT Team Taught to Respond to Bombs

Author/Source: VOA

“A SWAT team from Iraq's Anbar province observed U.S. instructors responding to a bomb threat in a drill at a U.S.-backed counter-terrorism training center in Jordan…”


Iraq Approves Payment of Civil Servant Salaries for Kurdish Region Amid Ongoing Budget Dispute

Author/Source: Reuters

“Iraq agreed to pay the salaries of the Kurdistan region’s civil servants and security forces, a spokesman for the government said on Monday…” 


Israel Destroys New Hamas Tunnel Network in Gaza

Author/Source: Arab News

The Israeli military said on Sunday it destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group…”

Syrian Minister Says Some Ghouta Rebels May Accept Deal Soon

Author/Source: Reuters

“Some rebels in eastern Ghouta may soon agree to withdraw from the opposition enclave or accept rule by the Syrian state after big advances by the army into the area, a Syrian government minister said on Monday…”


Yemeni Army Liberates New Positions from Iran-back Houthis

Author/Source: Arab News

“The Yemeni army has taken control of new positions from the Iran-backed Houthi militia, north of Al-Jawf governorate in northeastern Yemen, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported…”

Basher al- Assad Visits Army in Eastern Ghouta as Attacks Continue

Author/Source: Farah Najjar/ Al Jazeera

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's has visited army positions in Eastern Ghouta, weeks after a Russian-backed government bombardment campaign started there, killing more than 1,250 people…”


Mohammed bin Salman: Only Death Can Stop Me from Ruling

Author/Source: Al Jazeera

“Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said that ‘only death’ will stop him from ruling the kingdom in a wide-ranging interview on the eve of his first official visit to the United States…” 


Palestinian President Abbas Blames Hamas for Bomb Attack on PM Convoy in Gaza

Author/Source: Reuters

“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a “despicable and sinful act…”


Central Asia

Armenian Journalists Hold Protest Action in Yerevan

Author/Source: Azernews

“A rally of journalists is being held in front of the Yerevan City Hall under the slogan ‘Open the doors, the press comes’, Armenian media reported on March 19…”


South Asia

Dunford Arrives in Afghanistan to Assess Campaign Plan

Author/Source: Jim Garamone/ Department of Defense 

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here today to assess the campaign plan now that all personnel are in place and the South Asia strategy is in full swing…”


Botched Suicide Attack Wounds 5 Students in Afghan Capital

Author/Source: Arab News

“An attacker dressed in a school uniform set off a grenade amid a group of hundreds of university students in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing himself and wounding five students, according to the district police chief…”

Diplomats; Harassment in Pakistan: India Lodges Fresh Protest

Author/Source: Times of India

“In the ongoing battle on harassment of diplomats, India despatched its 13th diplomatic missive to Pakistan on Sunday, protesting against “intimidation and harassment of Indian high commission official…”


Pakistan ISI: Doctor Protest Against Spy Agency over Beating

Author/Source: M IIyas Khan/ BBC News

“Authorities in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region have promised action against military personnel who detained and beat a doctor, sparking protests…”


Southeast Asia

U.N: Philippines’ Pullout form ICC is Effective in 1 Year

Author/Source: Associated Press/ Washington Top News

“The United Nations said Monday it received official notification of the Philippines’ decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, a move that follows the tribunal’s announcement of a preliminary probe of drug suspect killings under the president…”


Death Toll in Manila Hotel Fire Rises to Five

Author/Source: TIME News

“Firefighters found two more bodies Monday in a hotel-casino gutted by fire that sent thick, heavy smoke into the sky over the Philippine capital, raising the death toll to five, officials said….”


East Asia

North Korea to Meet for Talks with U.S., South Korean Delegations in Helsinki

Author/Source: Andrew Jeong/ The Wall Street Journal  

“A North Korean official will hold unofficial talks in Finland with a delegation from the U.S. and former South Korean government officials, Seoul’s foreign ministry said, amid a flurry of recent diplomatic activity before an expected U.S.-North Korean summit by the end of May…”


Seoul Forming New Missile Unit to Take Down North Korean Artillery Sites

Author/Source: Jennie Oh/ UPI

“South Korea plans to set up a new guided missile unit that can take down North Korea's long-range artillery sites…”


Seoul Prosecutors Seek Warrant for Former President in Bribery Case

Author/Source: Jennie Oh/UPI

“South Korean prosecutors have decided to seek an arrest warrant for former President Lee Myung-bak who is currently under investigation for various allegations of bribery and misconducts during his years in office…”



Egypt, Sudan Vow to Cooperate as Ethiopia Builds Nile Dam

Author/Source: The Associated Press/ ABC News

“Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has met his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo, as the two countries look to repair ties that were recently frayed over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia…”


Eritrea to Ethiopia: Deal with Your Security Crisis, Stop Chasing Scapegoats

Author/Source: Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban/ Africa News  

“Eritrea says Ethiopia must move to deal with its chronic internal security crisis instead of finding scapegoats from outside…”


South Africa’s Zuma May Challenge Decision to Prosecute Him

Author/Source: Africa News

“Former South African president Jacob Zuma may challenge a prosecutor’s decision to reinstate corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, news broadcaster eNCA said on Saturday…”


Egypt Military Says 4 Troops, 36 Militants Killed in Sinai Battle

Author/Source: Arab News

“Egypt’s military says four troops and 36 militants have died in the past five days of fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula…”


French Consul Worker Arrested for Smuggling Weapons from Gaza

Author/Source: Oren Lieberman and Michael Schwartz/ CNN

“A worker at the French Consulate in Jerusalem has been arrested for smuggling weapons from Gaza into East Jerusalem and the West Bank using his diplomatic immunity, the Israel Security Agency (ISA) announced Monday after a joint investigation with Israeli police…”


Putin Tightens Grip on Power with Overwhelming Russian Election Win

Author/Source: Nathan Hodge, Kara Fox and Angela Dewan/ CNN

“Vladimir Putin has extended his grip on Russia for another six years after an overwhelming victory in Sunday's presidential election, a result that was never in doubt….”


Czechs Halt Extradition Proceedings Against Syrian Kurd Leader

 Author/Source: Reuters

“Czech authorities halted extradition proceedings against a Syrian Kurdish leader whom they briefly detained in February on a warrant issued by Turkey, a state attorney’s office said on Monday…” 


The UK and EU Agree to Terms for Brexit Transition Period

Author/Source: BBC

“Brexit negotiators Michel Barnier and David Davis said the deal on what the UK calls the implementation period was a "decisive step"…”


Kremlin’s Demand to Britain: Shows Proof of Poisoning or Apologize

Author/Source: Sara Shayanian/ UPI

“The Kremlin demanded Monday that British officials either show proof that Russia was behind the near-lethal poisoning this month of a former spy and his daughter, or apologize…”


European Union Pledges to Probe Facebook’s Handling of User Data

Author/Source: Natalia Drozdiak and Sam Schechner/ The Wall Street Journal

“European Union officials said they would probe Facebook Inc.’sFB -6.41% handling of user data on Monday, after the social network said it is investigating whether a firm linked to the 2016 Trump campaign improperly kept user’s personal data for years despite saying it had destroyed those records…”


France Urges Tough EU Approach on Iran to Save Nuclear Accord

Author/Source: Jerusalem Post   

“France urged the European Union on Monday to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria's civil war and its ballistic missile program, as Paris tries to persuade Washington to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran…”


Fighter Pilot Blamed by Russia for Downing Malaysian Airlines Plane Found Dead

Author/Source: Yaron Steinbuch / The New York Post

“A Ukrainian fighter pilot blamed by the Kremlin in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 has committed suicide, according to reports…”


Italy Seizes Ship that Picked Up Migrants in Mediterranean

Author/Source: Steve Scherer/ Reuters

“Italian authorities seized a charity’s ship on suspicion it had helped illegal immigration by picking up migrants in the Mediterranean instead of letting Libya’s coastguard take them back to North Africa, the aid group said…”


US & Canada

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Arizona Challenge to ‘Dreamers’ Program

Author/Source: Andrew Chung/ Reuters

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday required Arizona to continue to provide driver’s licenses to the so-called Dreamers immigrants and refused to hear the state’s challenge to an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of young adults brought into the country illegally as children…”


U.S. Tarrifs, China Trade Tension Overshadow G20 Finance Meeting

Author/Source: David Lawder and Luc Cohen/Reuters

“Worries about the potential for a U.S.-China trade war and frustration over U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs threatened to dominate a gathering of finance leaders this week amid strengthening growth…”


Austin on Edge after Explosion Leaves 2 Injured; Causes of Blast Unclear

Author/Source: Ryan Gaydos and Travis Fedshun/ Fox News

“Another Austin explosion -- possibly triggered by a trip wire -- injured two people on bicycles Sunday night, leaving police frantically working to determine if the blast is linked to a trio of package bombings that have gripped the Texas capital in fear…”


Canada to Send Military Force Including Women to Support UN Mission in Mali

Author/Source: The Guardian

“Canada will deploy helicopters and troops – including female soldiers – to Mali in support of an ongoing UN peacekeeping mission, the government has announced…”


Trump Urges Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Author/Source: BBC News

“US President Donald Trump has called for drug traffickers to face the death penalty as part of his plan to combat the US painkiller-addiction epidemic…”


South and Central America and the Caribbean

In Brazil, 1,000 Protest Murder of Rio de Janeiro Councilwomen

Author/Source: The New York Times


“At least 1,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to protest the recent killing of Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman and human rights activist, according to The Associated Press…”





IUCTS Highlights



March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"


February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations


January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective


December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?


December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership


October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?


September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond


August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies


June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism


June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?


May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"


April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 


February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"


Additional past events 



The Times of Israel on October 25, 2017: "Nuclear Terrorism: Before its too late" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig