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Sedky Sobhy’s thesis makes the rounds

Glad to see that a bunch of news outlets picked up the thesis by Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Sedky Sobhy I highlighted a few days ago. Some wanted to interview me but unfortunately I was not available, but here’s a couple of links.

Research paper offers insight into Egypt’s new armed forces chief (McClatchy)

Professor Douglas Lovelace, the director of the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and Sobhy’s adviser, remembered him as a “bold thinker,” charming and a “very impressive officer” who often offered thoughts counter to the conventional thinking at the time.

“I do recall he was provocative and an original thinker,” Lovelace said. “It was not surprising that he would either fail completely or rise to the top.”

Egypt general’s paper offers insight into thinking (Reuters)

Phi Beta Iota:  Intelligence Online remains the most interesting — perhaps even the only — regular overwatch of the global intelligence world (government, military, law enforcement, commerce).  CAPT Dr. Doug Johnston, USN (Ret), has been pointing this for decades through the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, to no avail.  At the same time, we have been emphasizing, also to no avail, the urgency of creating a religious counterintelligence capability.

See Also:

2011  Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement

2003  Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik

1995  Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft