NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN BROACHES ARMS TRADE, CLANDESTINE OPERATIONS, AND COUNTERTERRORISM

June 15, 2006

HARRISONBURG—This week’s column for the World Defense Review by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, uses the near-coincidence of the recent confirmation of General Michael V. Hayden as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the upcoming United Nations Review Conference on Small Arms to raise the possibility of the clandestine use of the arms trade for counterterrorism operations.

The point, according to Dr. Pham, is that “if one of the leading challenges facing America is defeating international terrorist organizations and their supporters, then the U.S. and its allies will ultimately have to concentrate on infiltrating and undermining these groups from within, rather than waiting to defeat them in some apocalyptic battle.”

Dr. Pham’s column, entitled “Strategic Interests,” appears every Thursday in the World Defense Review, a twice-weekly publication covering military and defense news and information.

This week’s column, “General Hayden, Invest in the Arms Trade,” can be accessed by clicking here.