Worth a Look: Berto Jongman Recommends….

05 Civil War, 09 Terrorism, 10 Transnational Crime, Worth A Look

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Researcher Berto Jongman recommends 6 monographs, 5 articles, 3 books.

EDIT of 24 Nov 09: 6 monograph recommendations added.

Russia: A Promising Market for Islamic Finance
21/11/2009By Lahem al Nasser

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- There are around 47 million Muslims in Russia, which means that Muslims make up around one third of Russia’s overall population. This figure is expected to rise to 50 percent by 2050 due to the high birth rate among the Muslim community, the decrease in the non-Muslim Russian population which is decreasing at a rate of 1 million people per year, as well as the immigrations of Muslims from central Asia into the Russian Federation. The Islamic presence in Russia is centered in the Caucasus, Siberia, and Moscow.

Survey of Pakistan’s Young Predicts ‘Disaster’ if Their Needs Aren’t Addressed
By SABRINA TAVERNISE,   November 21, 2009

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan will face a “demographic disaster” if it does not address the needs of its young generation, the largest in the country’s history, whose views reflect a deep disillusionment with government and democracy, according to a report released here on Saturday.

Crime and Terrorism Small Wars Journal
4 November 2009 by Colonel Robert Killebrew

According to a panel of experts at a recent conference sponsored by the Center for a New American Security, terrorism and crime have now merged, to such an extent that all terrorist movements – all of them — have become partly criminal organizations to fund their operations, expand their reach – and incidentally make the people on top extremely rich, while lower-level zealots continue to be recruited for suicide missions.

A Strategy of Exhaustion Small Wars Journal
by Vegetius,November 16, 2009

As Edward Luttwak points out in his new book, The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire, the Byzantines studied this new enemy closely and came to realize that their only hope of survival against the lethal threat of expansionist Jihadism was a strategy of exhaustion. Luttwak’s work is the first really comprehensive modern study of how the Eastern Roman empire survived and largely thrived in the face of expansionist Islam for eight centuries.

COIN Challenges for NATO Strategy and Operations Small Wars Journal
Posted by SWJ Editors on November 19, 2009

Produced by the NATO Defense College and edited by Dr. Christopher Schnaubelt, this document includes an introduction and 11 chapters covering NATO’s COIN challenges and implications, lessons from Afghanistan, hybrid adversaries, balancing civil-military operations, measures of effectiveness, local security forces in Afghanistan, NATO special forces in Afghanistan, police training in Afghanistan, and COIN foreign assistance.

Other Monographs and Articles

China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism, and Diversification

Cybercrime statistics

Dangerous Thresholds: Managing Escalation in the 21st Century

Exploiting Information: Cyber-savvy Islamist insurgents

Map feature of the IACSP: plotting terrorist incidents on a world map

Piracy assessment

Books of Note

Radical Islam and International Security: Challenges and Responses

The Mind of Jihad

Pandora’s Boxes: Mind of Jihad Volume II