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Une vidéo postée sur YouTube met en lumière des similitudes entre le terrorisme
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My latest video, "Outside the Box," asks how engagement among Arab, Southern European, and South American civic actors can combat terrorism through civil society. Watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ednY17IF5Kw&t=12s 
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About ten days ago I shared an article, co-written with Aaron Lobel of America Abroad Media, describing a ray of hope in the public discussion of religion and sectarianism in the MENA region: the Moroccan Islamic satellite channel Al-Sadisa. In this article for the American Interest, by contrast, we share some of the more disconcerting news -- about an Iranian-funded satellite channel which serves as the mouthpiece for the Iraqi Shi'ite Islamist militia Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq. Amid the current push to drive ISIS out of Mosul, the militia is effectively allied with the US militarily. There is evidence that it is parlaying the esteem it gains to sharpen its campaign of incitement and sectarian domination of the country. 
An armed Iranian proxy in Iraq, lauded by the United States for its struggle against ISIS, is using satellite television to tear the country apart.
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Several American non-profits have been playing a valued role in rural development in North Africa. The High Atlas Foundation is one of them. Not long ago I had the opportunity to attend their annual Moroccan film festival in New York, a fund raising event for the organization. Click here to read more. http://bit.ly/2e6M43e
The High Atlas Foundation had a wonderful Moroccan Film Festival in New York City to benefit human development in Morocco. The author and political analyst Joseph Braude so kindly came to the event, and spoke about the Festival and the Foundation on his radio column, which airs nationally in ...
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Organizing a Web page for your audio productions can be a satisfying evening project. http://josephbraude.com/audio/eye-arabia/
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A short film on YouTube revealing similarities between terrorism and organized crime has won attention across the Arab world and …
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Arab educational systems have a vital role to play in the struggle against extremist ideologies, in introducing critical thinking into antiquated curricula. Here's an article about nascent efforts by youth in Egypt and Saudi Arabia to promote such reforms. http://www.the-american-interest.com/2014/06/29/learning-logic-in-the-middle-east/
Fledgling projects seek to fight Islamic extremism by introducing critical thinking and the scientific method to Arab societies. They may already be influencing education and government-run media.
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Labor unions in several Arab countries have shown promise as potential drivers of positive social change. Not long ago I had the opportunity to explore their efforts in Tunisia, Bahrain, and elsewhere for this article in Foreign Policy magazine: http://foreignpolicy.com/author/joseph-braude/
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Polling data suggest that Saudi millennials are more focused on domestic reforms than foreign conflict and want someone their age to run the country. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-braude/surveying-saudi-arabias-y_b_12619198.html
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When America Abroad Media in Washington honors Saudi comic actor Nasser al-Qasabi next month, one of the many high points of his career that's likely to come up is Tash Matash, the hit weekly satire that ran for years on Saudi public television. He bravely spoofed extremism within the religious establishment in a manner years ahead of its time. Here's a telling clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvNAYhRhm0c
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On my mind at the moment: the fate of telecoms infrastructure in Mosul as Iraqi and coalition forces move to wrest the city from ISIS.

Fifteen years ago, just ahead of NATO airstrikes on Afghanistan, I assisted a journalist in investigating telecommunications infrastructure in Afghanistan. He had discovered that a New Jersey man had won a contract from the Taleban to construct it, along with a private assurance from Bin Laden himself that none of the Americans who came to the country to staff the project would be harmed.

Through a series of phone calls, I spoke in Dari with the main switchboard operator of the network in Kabul and asked Lily Tomlin-style questions about the quality of service. As the aerial bombardment began in earnest, we kept in touch. He assured me repeatedly that the phone lines remained fully functional, even in tip-top shape. Meanwhile, Taleban government installations were being pummeled.

We asked an American specialist in military matters why the coalition would take pains to leave untouched a phone network serving primarily the Taleban itself. He said the answer was quite straightforward: If they took out the phone lines, they'd lose the chance to tap into the conversations.

Our findings were covered by the New York Times here, and the Jordanian news service Al-Bawaba here: http://www.albawaba.com/business/afghanistan%E2%80%99s-telecoms-infrastructure-limps-along .

How this logic might apply to the vastly more complex communications landscape of 2016 Mosul -- satellite Internet, mobile base stations; social media, fixed line telephony -- is an open question. I hope it's being asked.
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Introduction

Joseph Braude, a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Program on the Middle East, is a Middle East scholar and author whose research appears in print and on air, in Arabic and English. Fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew, he studied in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton.

His first book, The New Iraq (Basic Books, 2003), examines the challenge of civil society development in the country following the US-led invasion. His second, The Honored Dead (Random House – Spiegel & Grau, 2011), presents an unprecedented investigation of the inner workings of an Arab security service: Braude was embedded for half a year in an investigative unit of the Moroccan federal police in Casablanca, where he read case files, attended interrogations, and accompanied police on nighttime forays into the shantytown.

Since July 2010, Joseph Braude’s weekly program in Arabic, Risalat New York (Letter from New York), has aired nationally on Morocco’s MED Radio. He appears frequently as a commentator on Al-Arabiya and other satellite television networks. He writes a biweekly column in Al-Majalla, the largest-distribution magazine in the Arabic language, and contributes regularly to the daily newspaper Asharq Alawsat. In the United States, he has written for The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe American InterestForeign PolicyThe Atlanticand The New Republic. He provides commentary on public radio programs, and produces documentaries on current affairs in the Middle East for PRI’s America Abroad. He hosts the English-language podcast Eye on Arabia, a light-hearted roundup of reporting and analysis from the Arab world. He is also a contributing editor at Tablet.

Joseph Braude is Advisor at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, a think tank specializing in Islamist movements across the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to leading seminars and contributing research to its monthly book, he conducts outreach on behalf of the Center in the United States and elsewhere.As a consulting advisor,Joseph Braude has assisted non-profit groups, government, and private companies in matters related to Middle East policy, public diplomacy, security sector reform, and counterterrorism. He has worked with the United States Agency for International Development, the US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, and Pyramid Research.

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Blissfully married to Ruth Franklin!
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  • Yale University
    1992 - 1996
  • Princeton University
    1996 - 1999
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