Monthly Archives: September 2013

Africa Week in Review September 27, 2013

  The Somali terrorist organization al-Shabab attacked a high-end shopping mall in Nairobi, the Westgate, and killed 67 people, including six soldiers. Five of the attackers are dead and 11 were taken into custody. U.S., British and Israeli agencies are supporting the investigation into the Westgate attack. 61 people remain missing, and according to the New York […]

Eurasia News Week in Review

A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week: Central Asia:  At a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), member states vowed to give aid to Tajikistan’s border service to help it strengthen its frontier with Afghanistan. The aid would include “constructing new […]

MENA Security By the Numbers – September 26

On September 23, two suicide bombers killed at least 96 individuals who were attending funerals in Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. The attack represents one of the largest terrorist attacks against Iraqi civilians. In recent months, Iraq has suffered thousands of deaths due to increased sectarian attacks, and violence has approached levels not seen […]

Al-Shabab’s attack on Kenya’s Westgate

One of the “worst attacks in Kenya’s history” came to an end on Tuesday — four days after members of the al-Shabab terrorist group stormed Westgate, a high-end shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday afternoon. According to a senior Kenyan police officer, the mall was secure, with just “mop-up operations” continuing. Five of the […]

Assessing U.S. Security Assistance to Libya

On the one year anniversary of the 2012 attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, the Libya Working Group (including members from the Project on Middle East Democracy, the Atlantic Council, and Freedom House) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry outlining critical ways to re-engage with […]

U.S. Keeping Its Distance From Russian-Led Security Bloc

The Russian-led post-Soviet security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), held its annual summit on September 23, and at the top of the agenda was security in the post-Soviet space following the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan starting in 2014. Russia and the Central Asian members of the organization are worried that instability […]

MENA Roundup: Day 1 of the 2013 UN General Assembly

The following is a round up of statements by Middle Eastern leaders and President Barack Obama from day one (September 24) of the 68th United Nations General Assembly. United States: President Obama’s General Assembly speech focused almost exclusively on the Middle East. The President defended U.S. policy in Syria, before explaining his administration’s broader approach […]