The weekly report on the SPI fellows
by Johnny Monsarrat
Several of the SPI fellows specialize in foreign affairs relating to security and warfare. This week we highlight one from Syria and one from Germany.
SPI Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a leading world expert on the Islamic State, a secular Arab from the UK and Iraq who advises governments worldwide on the Middle East, Islam, and terrorism. Based in Syria (in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights), he is a valuable academic resource interpreting enemy documents captured in the Syrian war.
For example, he recently helped British newspaper The Guardian to verify and analyze Islamic State documents dealing with transportation and migration in Syria near the border with Turkey. He has also published an analysis of an Islamic State document that justifies slavery, especially concubines. He also discovered and leaked to the press an Islamic State “Master Plan”, which outlines how their operations are to be run.
Another SPI Fellow who contributed to the World Future Guide is Holger Mey, the Vice President of Advanced Concepts, Airbus Defence and Space, in Germany. He has published more than 150 articles in major security policy journals, newspapers, and books, including German Security Policy in the 21st Century.
Recently he gave his thoughts on the weapons systems of the future, and you can see his video lecture to the Potsdam Conference of National Cyber Security in 2014 or his video lecture last summer to a German think tank. The text of his speech, The Role of Technology in Future Warfare, is printed in a conference report, The Future of Air Power, from early 2015.
SPI Fellow David Sloan Wilson is also President of the Evolution Institute, which applies the science of evolution to social and political issues, and promotes acceptance of evolution and its applications to the public. They are proud to announce Evonomics, which builds on the old economic model in which people are assumed to gather all knowledge and make smart choices, to a new model based on evolution and the scientific study of human behavior and how social systems work. For example, read Wilson’s report, Doing Well By Doing Good, An Evolution Institute Report on Socially Responsible Businesses, which explains how socially responsible business practices can also be profitable.
Earlier this month we mentioned that David Sloan Wilson will speak in Washington DC on Thursday, February 11th. If you run a local group that would like to gather in support of David, contact Aaron Traywick at email@example.com.
Finally, The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) published a case study on UK college Islamic Societies, focusing on three where attempts were made to restrict or bar SPI Advocate and CEMB spokesperson Maryam Namazie from speaking in 2015. It shows that the Islamic Societies promote Islamist values through hate preachers who condone Sharia Law, Islamic states, and the death penalty for apostasy. Naturally they would be opposed to Maryam Namazie’s being ex-Muslim and speaking at their colleges.