Category: Augustus Richard Norton

Francis faces political, religious land mines on Egypt trip

National Catholic Reporter Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts and Sciences, Padree School of Global Studies As Pope Francis prepares for a two-day visit to Egypt at the end of this week, experts on the country say he will face a series of difficult choices while he’s there… Expert quote: “Augustus Richard Norton, who has […]

The Shah of Iran, the Islamic Revolution and the Mystery of the Missing Imam

New York Times (subscription required) Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Even by today’s standards, the Middle East in the 1970s was chaotic… Expert quote: “I’ve also heard that there was an Iranian role in Sadr’s disappearance.” View full article

Arab Spring countries need new social contracts, says Nahyan

Gulf News Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Arab Spring countries need social contracts or a voluntary agreement among individuals by which organised society is brought into being and invested with the right to secure mutual protection and welfare, officials and experts told a regional conference on the […]

Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

The White House will hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit […]

Helping Iraqis save Iraq

Boston Globe (subscription required) Co-written by Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences Professional armies are complex organizations that require rigorous training, effective leadership, and an ethos of sacrifice and devotion to mission. After American withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, the fiction that an effective national Iraqi army was created under US tutelage crumbled […]

US, Kurds Battle ISIS Over Control of the ‘Most Dangerous Dam in the World’

Christian Post Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences Kurdish forces continue to fight with the terrorist group Islamic State, better known as ISIS, over control of Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq… Expert quote: “I do not think the Iraqi Air Force, which is also supporting the Peshmerga, would be sufficient. Reports that […]

Syrian war’s brutality isn’t going away

CNN.com Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences A gruesome snuff video that has garnered more than 180,000 views on YouTube underlines just how grim the Syrian conflict has become… Expert quote: “The only identifying marks on the uniforms are yellow ribbons, which, in theory, would identify them as Hezbollahis.” View full article

Insight: U.S. and allies target Hezbollah financing, ties in Africa

Reuters Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions… Expert quote: “If a person is found to […]