The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

July 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next http://www.globalnext.org The war in Syria has raged for more than seven years and has brought with it the deaths of half a million people, the displacement of millions more and untold suffering and destruction. And it’s not over yet.  In 2016, when I was doing research in … Continue reading The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

Radicalizing Uzbeks?

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. January 25, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org OK, admit it - you aren’t exactly sure where Uzbekistan is. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Collectively, we’ve pretty much ignored this part of the world with the notable exception of Afghanistan. But 2017 put Uzbekistan front and center with a spate of terror attacks all purportedly committed by … Continue reading Radicalizing Uzbeks?

To Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Immigration Question

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 5, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org I can’t think of a more controversial issue plaguing the U.S. news these days than Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for seven countries deemed to be a potential threat to U.S. security. Protestors and pundits all have their opinions. A Federal judge has “undone” the ban and President … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Immigration Question

Before it Gets Dark

December 28, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org As 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard not to think back over all that has happened - with new events marking the final days of the year. 2016 has been peppered with contentious issues like the U.S. presidential election, China’s growing aggression in the South China Seas, … Continue reading Before it Gets Dark

2016: The Rear-View Mirror Look

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. December 15, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org It’s time once again to take a look back at the year known as 2016. For me, this year has gone by quickly. At times, I felt that the clock just needed to stop - that time should graciously give us a break and let us catch our … Continue reading 2016: The Rear-View Mirror Look

A “Son of Raqqah” Shares: From the Heart of ISIS

September 8, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next, LLC http://www.globalnext.org For a number of years I have have known and worked with a man who calls Al-Raqqah, Syria his home. Yes, the place of the headquarters of ISIS. This “son of Raqqah” is a man with whom I am well-acquainted and in turn is well-acquainted … Continue reading A “Son of Raqqah” Shares: From the Heart of ISIS

The U.S. Does NOT Pay Ransom for Hostages – Until They Do

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. August 5, 2016 Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal broke news on August 3rd that the US secretly sent an unmarked cargo plane to Iran in the dead of night loaded with 400 million dollars in various currencies (Euros, Swiss Francs and other currencies) as a payment … Continue reading The U.S. Does NOT Pay Ransom for Hostages – Until They Do

New Season Begins for GlobalNext!

August 2, 2016 The hot, slow days of July have gone by and August is upon us.  With that, things for the Globalnexter begin to step into high gear.  For those who are following our work, our ideas and our global impact - here are some upcoming highlights. We hope you'll be able to join … Continue reading New Season Begins for GlobalNext!

Turkey’s Failed Coup: 5 Things to Know

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. July 17, 2016 http://www.globalnext.org 1. What happened and when?  Between Friday night and Saturday morning (July 14-15), segments of Turkey’s military attempted to take over the government and oust current president and leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who was vacationing on the Black Sea) Roads and bridges were blocked by tanks, helicopters dotted … Continue reading Turkey’s Failed Coup: 5 Things to Know

2016 Half-Time Report: Bloody Season for ISIS and the Loss of Elie Wiesel

July 6, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Here we are, just barely past the half-way mark of the year and the figures for ISIS terror attacks is astounding. In the first half of 2016, there have been 1208 jihad-inspired attacks in 50 countries, in which 11,076 people were killed and 13,356 were injured. You can … Continue reading 2016 Half-Time Report: Bloody Season for ISIS and the Loss of Elie Wiesel