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    Weapons Proliferation in Syria a Major Challenge to Regional Security

    During last year’s civil war in Libya, the Muammar Qadhafi regime’s weapon stockpiles were looted, and highly destructive arms quickly spread throughout Libya and the region. Twenty-one months into the revolution in Syria, the country is witnessing a similar experience. Though the United States officially opposes the provision of weapons … More

    Syria’s Growing Islamist Extremist Presence

    President Obama reportedly has signed an intelligence finding that authorizes U.S. support for Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship.  It remains unclear what is included in this “covert” aid, publicized in what looks like another leak, or when the finding was signed. But the United States must … More

    U.S. Agenda for Libya Must Include Securing of WMD, Arms Stockpiles

    Rebel forces reportedly took control of Muammar Qadhafi’s fortified Bab al-Aziziya command base in Tripoli today as they further consolidated control of the capital. Confusion reigned amid reports that Qadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, whom the opposition Transitional National Council had claimed to detain, apparently roamed free inside Tripoli rallying support … More

    A Continued Threat to Aviation Security

    According to the U.S. State Department, since 2003 over 32,000 illicitly held and loosely secured shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have been destroyed. More commonly known as MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems), these weapons can shoot down civilian and military aircraft. It is estimated that since the 1970s over 40 aircraft have … More