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Date: 13 June 2018








Middle East




Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Yemen After Attack on Port
Author/ Source: Margaret Coker and Eric Schmitt, New York Times
“An Arab military coalition invaded Yemen’s main Red Sea port on Wednesday, worsening what is already the world’s most severe humanitarian disaster by disrupting the delivery of food and other supplies to millions of Yemenis…”




Iraq's Sadr announces political alliance with pro-Iranian bloc


Author/Source: Al Jazeera


“Iraq's Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has announced a surprise alliance with pro-Iranian political bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to form government after last month's elections resulted in a hung parliament…”


Two civilians killed, four soldiers wounded in bomb blasts, northeast of Diyala


Author/Source: Nehal Mostafa/Iraqi News


Two civilians were killed, while four soldiers were wounded by mortar missiles and bomb blasts, northeast of Diyala, local officials were quoted saying on Wednesday…”




Iraqi court rejects challenges to manual recount of parliament votes


Author/Source: Mohamed Mostafa/ Iraqi News


“Iraq’s top court has turned down challenges to recent parliament-introduced amendments to the elections law which involved adoption of manual recount of votes…”




Shi’ite Leaders In Iraq Form Unexpected, Pro-Iran Political Alliance
Author/Source: Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
“Powerful Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced an unexpected political alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years…”

Author/Source: Yonah Jeremy Bob/Jerusalem Post
“Nearly 100% of social media posts by al-Qaeda and ISIS are removed by Facebook before users report them, the social media giant’s global counterterrorism chief Erin Saltman said on Wednesday…”

Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan adopt military co-op plan


Author/Source: Trend, Azer News


“Kyrgyz and Uzbek defense ministers have signed a military cooperation plan, Sputnik Uzbekistan news agency reported…”





South Asia




Afghanistan: IED attack in Jalalabad June 13


Author/Source: GardaWorld


“An IED (improvised explosive device) attack was carried out around 05:00 (local time) on Wednesday, June 13, outside a market in the PD2 area of Jalalabad…”




Suicide bomber kills 5 police in Afghanistan – official


13 June 2018


Author/Source: Associated Press, News 24


“At least five policemen were killed by a suicide bomber using a military Humvee in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday…”





Southeast Asia




Sarawak parties quit BN to form coalition


Author/Source: Straits Times


“Four Sarawak parties yesterday pulled out of Malaysia's Barisan Nasional (BN), leaving the former ruling coalition in tatters after it suffered a shock election defeat in May…”





East Asia




South Korea Bulks Up Military Might While Preparing for Peace


Author/Source: Andrew Jeong and Chieko Tsuneoka, The Wall Street Journal


”South Korea is quietly upgrading its military hardware, acquiring new fighters and missiles, and weighing purchases of nuclear submarines…”Source: The Wall Street Journal









South Africa Confronts Confounding Question: Who Gets the Land?


Author/Source: Gabriele Steinhauser, The Wall Street Journal  


“After the morning mist lifted from the rolling hills behind his bare-bones house, Bhekindlela Mwelase gazed out at the contested land he has lived and worked on his entire life…”




Somaliland ready for peace talk with Puntland


Author/Source: Goobjoog News


“Somaliland is ready to start peace talks with Puntland authorities who were recently fighting in Tukaraq town of Sool region…”







May to present amendment to EU withdrawal Bill
Author/Source: Denis Staunton, The Irish Times

“Theresa May’s government will table a new amendment to the EU withdrawal Bill on Thursday setting out what parliament can do if it rejects the final Brexit agreement or if negotiations end without a deal…”


Italy and France in diplomatic standoff over immigration policies


Author/Source: Irish Times


“Italy summoned France’s envoy on Wednesday and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies, escalating a diplomatic stand-off that widens one of Europe’s main political fault lines…”




Kosovar accused of trying to join terror groups in Syria


Author/Source: Associated Press, Fox News


“Kosovo prosecutors have charged an ethnic Albanian with joining extremist terror groups in Syria…”




President won’t sign off on name-change deal


13 June 2018


Auhtor/Source: Associated Press, The Washington Post


“Macedonia’s president said Wednesday that he would not sign off on a historic deal that would change the country’s name, the most potentially disruptive reaction so far to the agreement with Greece…”





US & Canada




Fed Raises Interest Rates and Signals 2 More Increases Are Coming


Author/Source: Jim Tankersley and Neil Irwin, The New York Times


The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday and signaled that two additional increases were on the way this year, as officials expressed confidence that the United States economy was strong enough for borrowing costs to rise…”




Angry Canadians are shopping ‘Trump free’ after attacks on Trudeau


Author/Source: Jeff Lagerquist, Canadian TV News


“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be taking a “cooler heads” approach to the barrage of insults from U.S. President Donald Trump and his top aides as Canada-U.S. trade tensions thicken…”




Cudahy resident from Israel accused of attempting to provide material support or resources to ISIS


Author/Source: Katie Delong and Suzanne Spencer , Fox 6 Now


“A Cudahy resident is accused of attempting to provide material support/resources to ISIS…”




Trump administration launches new mission targeting immigrants suspected of ‘cheating’ to get citizenship


Author/Source: Emily Shugerman, The Independent


“The US agency that oversees immigration applications has hired dozens of new attorneys and officials to go after immigrants suspected of obtaining their citizenship illegally…”






13 June 2018


Author/Source: Tovah Lazaroff and Herb Keinon, The Jerusalem Post


“In a public relations blow to Israel’s right to self-defense, the United Nations General Assembly voted not to condemn Hamas violence and in favor of international protection for the Palestinian people along the Gaza border, in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem…”




US resumes destroying obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado


Author/Source: Dan Elliott, The Virginia-Pilot


“The U.S. Army resumed destroying obsolete chemical weapons at a Colorado depot after a nine-month shutdown for repairs, officials said Wednesday…”.


US Navy pushes ahead with bi to extend of its sub- killer torpedo
Author/Source: David B. Larter/ Defense News
“The U.S. Navy, aiming to make its attack submarines even more stealthy and lethal at extended ranges, took a big step forward with a contract announcement Tuesday…”





South and Central America and the Caribbean




Cyber Attack on Mexico Campaign Site Triggers Election Nerves


Author/Source: Daina Beth Soloman, US & World News
“The website of a Mexican political opposition party was hit by a cyber attack during Tuesday's final television debate between presidential candidates ahead of the July 1 vote, after the site had published documents critical of the leading candidate…”



IUCTS Highlights



July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"


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