Middle East

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    Easy Hack May Spark Next Middle Eastern Conflict: Picks of the Week

    The Hack that Caused a Crisis in the Middle East Was Easy | Motherboard News Agency Hack Blamed for Diplomatic Meltdown in Qatar | CSO Online US Suspects Russian Hackers Planted Fake News Behind Qatar Crisis | CNN Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War? | Foreign Policy A cybersecurity incident at the Qatar News Agency (QNA) may have been the cause behind the sudden diplomatic break between Qatar and multiple Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, … Read More

  • Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri looks away from the camera at a cybersecurity conference in Rome, Italy.

    Senior Fellow Engages with International Cybersecurity Community

    Newport, R.I. — Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri spent the month of June traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East to speak at three different international conferences on cybersecurity and to engage with world-renowned experts and policy-makers shaping the future of Internet governance and security.  Spidalieri shares her account of the trip: Capitalizing on the research carried out in the past year on cyber leadership development and countries’ cyber preparedness … Read More

  • Profile image of Scott Bates in front of an American flag.

    Pell Center Expands International Focus with Addition of Foreign Policy Expert Scott Bates

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Scott Bates, an experienced student and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, as an adjunct fellow. Bates, of Stonington, Connecticut, brings to the Pell Center a diverse background in international relations, politics, and on-the-ground experience in America’s war zones.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century (CT21). “Scott Bates is … Read More

  • Podcast: Jonathan Morgenstein

    Adjunct Fellow Jonathan Morgenstein spoke to Executive Director Jim Ludes via Skype to discuss his work bringing solar power to the Middle East. The goal of Empowerment Solar is to foster energy independence and economic prosperity for individuals and business owners. For more information, visit www.empowermentsolar.com.    

  • Hayat Alvi and Timothy Hoyt speak onstage during their lecture about United States policy in the Middle East.

    The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East?

    On December 2, 2015, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy hosted its final lecture of the fall semester titled “The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East”. The lecture featured two experts from the U.S. Naval War College, Hayat Alvi and Timothy Hoyt and attracted one of the year’s largest crowds despite rainy weather outside. Moderated by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes, the … Read More

  • Trying to Understand U.S. Foreign Policy

    The Western-allied government in Yemen, which had been hailed by President Obama last fall as a successful example of his counter-terrorism approach, has fallen. The resulting chaos has now seen air strikes by a coalition of Sunni-Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, fighting the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi for control of Yemen. In Iraq, the United States finally launched airstrikes against ISIS elements hunkered down in Tikrit where they held off … Read More

  • Authorizing the Use of Force

    Obama’s Request for Congressional Authorization to Fight the Islamic State: Full Text | Washington Post Why Arming Kiev is a Really, Really Bad Idea | Foreign Policy National Security Strategy (February 2015) | NSA Archive This was a big week for national security wonks.  In less than a week, the Obama White House issued a new national security strategy—it’s first since 2010, speculation swirled over whether the United States should … Read More

  • SOLA Co-Founder to Speak about Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

    On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Co-Founder of the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA) Shabana Basij-Rasikh will be speaking at Bazarsky Lecture Hall in O’Hare Academic Center at Salve Regina University. The event is co-sponsored by the Pell Center for International Relations and the Office of International Programs. Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning: this was Afghanistan under the Taliban … Read More