Newly-discovered mineral deposits in Afghanistan are estimated to be worth close to $1 trillion.1 U.S. and Afghan leaders were optimistic about the find. General David Petraeus stated that “There is stunning potential here…There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”2 Jaili Jumriany, adviser to the Afghan Minister [...]
On 6 June 2010, Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and the National Directorate of Security chief Amrullah Saleh resigned from their positions in the Karzai government. Their resignations came after an attack on a “peace jirga” meeting to discuss ways to end the war with the Taliban. There were over 1,500 delegates present; fortunately, none [...]
Al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago: A Case Study of the July 2009 JW Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia
The Case Study This case study examines the history of the Indonesian terrorist network al-Jemaah al-Islamiyah (JI) and its most deadly and violent splinter cell Tanzim Qaedat al-Jihad, particularly through the lens of the 17 July 2009 terrorist bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta. Focus is given the history of both [...]
The following is adapted from a speech delivered in Washington, D.C., on January 8, 2010, in the “First Principles on First Fridays” lecture series sponsored by Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. Download: The Generosity of America dd The Generosity of America. By Adam Meyerson Adam Meyerson has been [...]
The first in a new series of Institute easy-to-reads will be “10 Things Every Citizen Should Know About…The U.S. Constitution.” Available in print and on Amazon.com/books in the Fall of 2010. Other PAI Publications. All proceeds support the institute’s student internship program.
Executive Director’s Note: PAI put out an open call to our Intern staff for articles on their life experiences. This article is from the perspective of one of them who served a seven month tour in Iraq. He has since returned home and is continuing his studies at a Wisconsin University. During my seven-month tour of [...]
Are Things Changing The below are excerpts. Want to see the entire piece? Become a member of Pax Americana Institute! With Australian federal elections quickly approaching on Saturday, 24 November, 2007, what will a change in Australia’s leadership mean to the great U.S.-Australia Alliance? More importantly, if a shift in leadership occurs, what will that [...]
Australian Alliance II: Liberal or Labour; Global or Regional? The below are excerpts. Want to see the entire piece? Become a member of Pax Americana Institute! The Australian Federal Election is just about a week away. At last look, the Liberal and Labour Parties were virtually neck and neck in national polling when ll policies [...]
Yemen has served as a safe-haven for Al Qa’ida Arabian Peninsula since 2001. As U.S. and Coalition Forces continue to drive insurgents out of Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorists are seeking refuge in the ungoverned, mountainous swaths of northwestern and eastern Yemen. The 30,000-strong U.S. troop surge will only expedite the transition of terrorists to places like Somalia, North Africa, and Yemen unless the United States and Yemen direct more resources to these dark corners. This threat assessment is a concise overview of the threats posed to the U.S. and U.S. interests in the region by terrorists in Yemen.
Download The Influence of the U.S. Catholic Church on U.S. Foreign and National Security By Drew Davis, Executive Director, Pax Americana Institute The intersection of religion and politics has fascinated people for centuries. In modern day, it seems to be an ever-constant concern of many. The enormity of such an issue, however, means that unless [...]