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SFS partners with the Daniel Morgan Academy to discuss the future of the Western Hemisphere

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Wednesday, June 8 – The inaugural 2016 Western Hemisphere Security Forum in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) and the Daniel Morgan Academy (DMA) brought together several leading regional experts and security scholars for a day-long discussion about the many issues affecting governance and the rule of law throughout the Americas…. Continue Reading

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21st Century Refugee Crisis: What are the stakes of resettlement? February 29, 2016

Washington D.C. — On February 29, SFS hosted a policy roundtable with Amb. Alberto Fernandez, former Congressman Peter Hoekstra, and SFS International Fellow Candice Malcolm, all engaged in a lively and insightful discussion of the current refugee crisis affecting the Middle East, Europe, and North America. The discussion was moderated by Jordan Bloom, opinion editor, The Daily Caller.

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Should Venezuela be listed as a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

For several years, SFS has actively researched the linkages between Venezuelan government officials and international terrorism. On June 4, 2014, our first policy report, Canada on Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba, revealed a criminal-terrorist pipeline sending funds and drugs from Latin America to the Middle East and bringing back foreign fighters and potential Islamic terrorists. This report identified specific Venezuelan government officials who developed an illicit financial network functioning as a service provider for Islamic militants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. In particular, the report mentions at least 173 individuals from the aforementioned countries receiving either passports, visa’s, or national ID cards from the Venezuelan government.

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December 2 2015 image description
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PUTIN AND HIS POLICIES: By Evgueni Novikov, Ph.D.

Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Center for a Secure Free Socierty (SFS). 

Evgueni NovikovIntroduction:

The reader might appreciate that my opinions on Russia and its leadership are based on my long time cultural experience as an insider and observer of the Soviet/Russian elites. My mother’ sister, Olga Nikolaevna, was a wife of Mr. Alexey Koslov, CPSU top apparatchik, former deputy of Soviet PM Malenkov and a Soviet minister of agriculture. Olga Nikolaevna’s social status made it possible for her to be a friend of Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alilueva. In my childhood years I would spend a lot of time with Olga Nikolaevna’s family and I had vivid impressions about the way of life of Stalin’s party elite members. Mr. Alexey Koslov helped me to enroll in the prestigious Nachimov Naval preparatory school in Leningrad, where I became a friend of Admiral Yuri Panteleev who was the President of the Leningrad Navy War College. I was accepted into the Admiral’s family and was able to watch the life styles of members of the Soviet military. While I pursued my studies in Leningrad, I became acquainted with the Leningrad culture of the intelligentsia, to which the family of young Putin belonged. Following my years at the Nachimov Naval preparatory school, I became a student at a most prestigious Soviet University – MGIMO (all Russian foreign ministers are and have been alumni of this University). After graduation, and until my defection to the USA in 1988, I worked for the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee’s International Department. (My former colleague, Mr. Alexey Pushkov is a head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Duma). My cultural and personal experience enables me to understand the way of thinking and acting of the Russian inner circle and of President Vladimir Putin. Based on the above experience I shall try to explain why the Russian people like and support President Vladimir Putin. More importantly, an appraisal of Putin’s domestic support can help us to discern his ambitions in Ukraine and his latest endeavor in the Middle East.

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April 20 2015 image description
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SFS Podcasts

The Center for a Secure Free Society has recently participated in the discussion regarding the U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba. SFS has been actively involved in the recent conversations and has gained a number of media mentions over the last few months, as well as the launch of several new digital products that relate to these on-going conversations regarding the U.S. Cuba policy. … Continue Reading »