Real Cyberwar: Mannes & Hendler in the Washington Times

This morning, The Washington Times ran an op-ed on cyberwar I co-wrote with my friend (and former boss) Jim Hendler. Much has been written about cyber-war, but very little of it is grounded in reality. Many over-hype the issue while others discount it completely. Much of the misinformation about cyberwar revolves around denial of services […]

Aaron Mannes in the Guardian: Russia-Georgia CyberWar Assessment

The Guardian Online just posted an assessment I co-wrote with my friend Jim Hendler (computer science professor at RPI) about the Georgia-Russia Cyberwar. The first modern cyberwar? Aaron Mannes and James HendlerFriday August 22 2008 The Russian-Georgian conflict is being described as the first time cyber-attacks have accompanied an actual war. Last year, the Russian-Estonian […]

Golden Oldie: Russian-Estonian Cyberwar Overview

Spring 2007, a spat between Russia and Estonia was accompanied by a “cyberwar.” With my friend, and former boss, Jim Hendler (now a professor at RPI) I wrote an overview. The story is now relevant again for assessing the cyber component of the Georgian-Russian conflict. This difference is that this time, for all of the […]

Statistical Analysis of Decapitation as a Counter-Terror Strategy

The most recent edition of The Journal of International Policy Solutions published a statistical analysis I wrote on the efficacy of killing or capturing the top leaders of a terrorist organizations. Entitled “Testing The Snake Head Strategy: Does Killing or Capturing its Leaders Reduce a Terrorist Group’s Activity?” the article can be read in its […]

Aaron Mannes in NRO on FARC, Chavez, & Colombia

National Review Online ran my article Finding FARC on the fallout from Colombia’s killing of FARC #2 Raul Reyes and Hugo Chavez’s reaction. March 4, 2008 Finding FARCAn important victory for Columbia sparks a major diplomatic spat. By Aaron Mannes The Colombian government’s successful killing of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) number-two Raul Reyes […]

Proof of Mughniyah’s Evil

So I just found a terrific blog …Or Does it Explode? Inside the struggle for civil rights in the Middle East. Good stuff all around, but what particularly caught my eye was learning that Imad Mughniyeh’s son Jihad appears to be a Yankees fan. Bronx Bombers suddenly takes on a sinister meaning. I’ll leave it […]

Aaron Mannes in Policy Review: Tribalism, Islamism & Women

The October-November issue of Policy Review published an article I wrote reviewing a pair of impressive books: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror by Nonie Darwish. They are a pair of impressive books which shed important light not […]

Video-Games & Public Diplomacy: Aaron Mannes in the NY Sun

Today’s New York Sun has an op-ed I co-authored with my boss, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies director, V.S. Subrahmanian on incorporating video games into the war of ideas against Islamist extremism. Gaming: Tactical Advantage BY AARON MANNES AND VENKATRAMANAN SUBRAHMANIANNovember 14, 2007 When Hezbollah released the second version of its video […]

Aaron Mannes in NRO on the Attack on Bhutto

This morning NRO ran my article on the suicide bombing attack on Benazir Bhutto. October 23, 2007, 9:50 a.m. The Bhutto AttacksCold comfort is the best we can hope for. By Aaron Mannes The question of who was behind Friday’s assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto is the whodunit from hell and, instead of a pistol, […]

Aaron Mannes in Jane’s on Science in the Muslim World

Last spring, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst ran this article I wrote on science in the Muslim world, looking at the reasons why a society that was once at the pinnacle of scientific achievement now lags behind even other under-developed countries in conducting research. (Jane’s is a British publication so some of the language follows their […]