Oct 14 2011

GWOT weekly round-up (October 14)

Economics and Foreign Affairs

William Oremus of Slate uses the Gilad Shalit deal to examine the economics of exchanging terrorists for hostages.

Michael Moynihan reviews The Dictators Handbook, a look at how game theory interacts with foreign policy and international relations.

Iran

Spencer Ackerman of Wired is sceptical about the degree of official Iranian involvement in the plot to bomb a Washington restaurant.

Shadow Government’s Adam Singh also admits to having some doubts, but suggests that it is still plausible.

Professor Juan Cole dismisses the idea that it had official backing, instead suggesting it might be drug-related.

David Ignatius suggests that it is symptomatic of an increasingly desperate Iranian regime.

Martin Indyk concurs with Ignatius.

Syria

Martin Peretz of The New Republic criticises Syria and Iran’s allies.

UN believes that the Syrian death toll has risen to 3,000.

Yemen

Christopher Hitchens compares William Joyce and Anwar Al-Awlaki.

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Adam Brown is editorial manager for the War on Terror blog series at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds a BA in International Relations and a MSc in Human Rights with a focus on cyber security and rights.
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