A tape of a man claiming to be Osama Bin Laden threatening France appears to be authentic, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Bin Laden warned France to get its troops out of Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network Wednesday.

CPD Director Philip Seib was quoted on the need to reframe how the world views Al Qaeda in a Zero Hora article.

October 8, 2010

The U.S. relationship with Pakistan offers a perfect example of a dysfunctional relationship that neither side seems willing to end. During the Cold War the United States had an on again, off again relationship with Pakistan, hoping that a pious nation would counter communist influence.

The mere mention of the word “terrorism” is enough to strike fear in the hearts of people all over the world. It reminds us that the threat of radicalism is alive and well and no matter how many terrorists are arrested, there always seem to be new ones to take their place.

...counterterrorism should be broadened to take advantage of the assets of public diplomacy. By reaching those at the base of the pyramid before they are radicalized to the point of violence, public diplomacy efforts could reduce the appeal of terrorists' propaganda. This will require a rethinking of public diplomacy strategy, with less emphasis on "love us" public relations efforts and more on projects that directly shape individuals' thinking and affect their lives.

Is music really an international language? If it is, then many western governments seem to be dead set on preventing its spread. While massive global mobility and migration are sending music trends worldwide like never before, musicians are finding that when it comes to touring, making international connections is becoming more, not less, difficult.

After five years of waiting, Omar Khadr was finally slated to go on trial in Guantánamo Bay this summer -- and then suddenly, the gears ground to a halt. The problem was not that Khadr was just 15 years old when, according to the charges, he threw a grenade in a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan and killed a U.S. soldier.