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IWP alumnus gives presentations on intelligence to the National Police Academy in Paraguay by William Hartnett | October 17, 2018 | STUDENTS & ALUMNI

Peter Tase, a former IWP student, recently gave two lectures at the National Police Academy in Paraguay about the U.S. Intelligence Community. With an audience comprised of deputy police commissioners and principal leaders within the police force, Mr. Tase spoke about the importance of intelligence and counterintelligence in law enforcement and gave an overview of the work of the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Council. Both events, which took place on September 12 and October 1, were attended by nearly 60 police leaders.

At a time when law enforcement officials are called upon to act as a front-line defense against terrorism, organized crime, and gang activities, intelligence collection and analysis grows more crucial by the day. Within law enforcement agencies, the broader purposes of intelligence can be categorized into two sectors: prevention and planning/resource allocation. Law enforcement uses intelligence to apprehend criminals and stop crimes before they happen, to determine how to best utilize department resources to develop response strategies, and to evaluate the evolving nature of threats.

Despite being comprised of dozens of directorates, armed units, technical support staff, and training institutes, Paraguay has no intelligence or counterintelligence departments within the National Police Force committed to the issue outlined above. Currently, its intelligence department focuses solely on political related analysis. With a population size comparable to the city of Hong Kong, this could leave the country in danger when looking at the broader geopolitical landscape.

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Peter delivered these lectures at a time when Paraguay has embraced close ties with Iran and Qatar, as, in early October, The Emir of Qatar visited Paraguay as part of his tour in South America, including Paraguay and

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Paraguay’s economic and political deterioration deserve a closer look

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Writing in The Daily Signal, Anthony Kim of the Heritage Foundation recently called for a recognition of ‘Paraguay’s Economic and Political Transformation’, as a South American country positioned for economic and political development.  In his article, Kim states: “[Paraguay] was long one of the poorest and most undemocratic. Yet gradually but surely, Paraguay has accomplished notable political and economic reforms, a transformation that is earning a second look from its allies and potential investors.”
While it is impossible to include every single fact about Paraguay’s socio-economic situation, growing inflation, and ongoing political turmoil, it is essential to note the following:
1. The National Senate Palace in Asuncion was burned down on the night of March 31, 2017, by violent protesters encouraged by leaders of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party (a major opposition party). Over one year later, the building is still closed while only half of the Congressional Palace is operational although its roof is seriously affected by rain and excessive humidity;
2. Extreme Poverty and surprising lack of liquidity among Paraguayans is alarming. Only thirty meters away from the Vice President’s office, on August 30, I ran into four homeless indigenous Paraguayans sleeping on the sidewalk, who could easily be observed from the Vice President’s office;
3. The country’s judicial branch and penitential system are saturated by corrupt Supreme Court judges and dangerous Brazilian common criminals that have swamped Paraguay and continue to be operational even while incarcerated;
4. Paraguay’s immediate former Attorney General Javier Diaz Veron is currently in jail, and his wife is under house arrest. Both are under investigation for money laundering, participation in criminal organization, and influence peddling;
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The Washington-Ankara partnership

The Washington-Ankara partnership

From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster arrive for a joint news conference between President Donald Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster arrive for a joint news conference between President Donald Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White … more >

– – Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Demonstrative of what is widely understood as a pressing need for rapprochement between the U.S. and Turkey, last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was welcomed in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan and Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlt avuoglu. A day prior, U. S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis had a lengthy meeting in Brussels with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministers Conference.

Perhaps not as proactive as circumstances may demand, however, the interaction amongst top-level U.S. and Turkish officials is, nevertheless, testimony to the indispensable strategic partnership that has existed for more than 60 years between Washington and Ankara. The currently prioritized face-to-face dialogue is concrete recognition of the strategic importance that Ankara continues to garner.

The United States’s bilateral alliance with Turkey has proven to be critical in the realm of the multifaceted strategic cooperation in defense that necessarily exists in the region and in terms of the Middle East security matrix, addressing the war against ISIS, Syria’s complex security challenges and cooperation in multilateral organizations such as NATO, G20 and other platforms.

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Time for U.S. to put Turkey policy into reverse – analyst Peter Tase

The United States should reverse its policy of co-operation with the Kurdish militant People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and invest in its relationship with Turkey in order to be able to counteract future Russian or Iranian influence in the region, Peter Tase, a research fellow at the Washington DC-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs, wrote .
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PETER TASE, “Spero News” contributor sees Muslim tolerance in Azerbaijan

Spero News contributor Peter Tase, a widely traveled lecturer on geopolitical topics, delivered a keynote lecture at the International University of Travnik (IUT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina that focused on what he asserts are the values of multiculturalism promoted by Azerbaijan that were assailed by Armenia during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Since his presentation in October, Tase told Spero News, “Since the early Middle Ages, the dominant current of Islam among Azerbaijani religious scholars has been Tasawwuf — the traditional Islamic teaching of self-improvement and spirituality— which in the West is better known as Sufism. Sufism promotes love, brotherhood, and harmony with people, regardless of their ethnic and religious identity, and has played a major role throughout the Islamic world in spreading tolerance towards other religions, cultures, and races.”

Tase recently returned from a trip to western Azerbaijan where he visited the Tartar region that borders on the region controlled by Armenia.

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INTERVIEW

Tase:”The example of Azerbaijani multicultural tradition is the only way that ensures peace in the world”

The example of Azerbaijan and its multicultural tradition and heritage is the only way that ensures economic growth, religious coexistence, peace and stability over the world-US expert

The reporter of Eurasia Diary interviewed Peter Tase, political analyst and expert on international relations at Marquette University.

Eurasia Diary: What is your opinion regarding multiculturalism and religious tolerance in Azerbaijan?

Peter Tase: While visiting the region of Oghuz, region of Ismailli and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, it is evident that the Republic of Azerbaijan is a unique country where multiculturalism, interreligious dialogue, multifaceted tolerance, peaceful coexistence among religions and very effective government administration are the principal elements of the social fabric in this nation.  On May 9-12, 2017, under the leadership of Academician Prof. Dr. Kamal Abdullayev (Chairman of the Board of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre), the most important writer and philologist in contemporary Azerbaijan and professor Klaus Wolf from Augsburg University in Germany organized an international conference dedicated to Azerbaijani multiculturalism in Augsburg University, Germany. On this occasion, I was honored to join a group of international friends of Azerbaijan and distinguished scholars to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Azerbaijan’s National Leader, Heydar Aliyev; and to discuss the admirable values of multiculturalism among the people of Azerbaijan.

This conference was made possible thanks to the leadership and support of the President of Azerbaijan, H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev. Moreover, we had the opportunity to visit one of the largest synagogues in Germany and in Europe, that was built in 1914-1917, a magnificent religious monument that had survived World War II and was not destroyed by the Government of Adolf Hitler.  The treasures of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan are an example that should be followed by other nations of the world. We are conscious that building artificial walls, setting up barriers to the free flow of goods and human capital; mishandling of more than two million migrants and refugees that have crossed into Europe during the last two years will further escalate the division of visions, ideas and policies that are currently taking place in the European Union over the administration and the implementation of migration, asylum procedure and in the strategy of border security. The example of Azerbaijan and its multicultural tradition and heritage is the only way that ensures economic growth, religious coexistence and peace and stability over the world.

Eurasia Diary: How can you estimate the role of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the intercultural and inter-religious dialogue?

Peter Tase: The Republic of Azerbaijan has advocated for a more effective dialogue among religions and ethnic groups at the global stage including its effective participation and vital support to many forums, international organizations and multilateral discussions.  The restoration of cultural monuments such as the Gülüstan Monument in Julfa Region of Nakhchivan, the maintenance project of the Momine Khatun Mausoleum and of Noah’s mausoleum, are remarkable accomplishments of the government of Azerbaijan and of the government of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. Moreover, the restoration initiatives that are taking place in the villages of Lahij located in the region of Ismailli and Nij, a town located about forty kilometers to the south-west of Qabala. Regions are a true testimony of the impressive priority that the government of Azerbaijan has allocated towards the preservation of multicultural values, treasures and monuments that are inherited, for many centuries, in the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan.

Eurasia Diary: How can you assess relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNESCO in cultural, educational and scientific fields?

Peter Tase: UNESCO will have a new Director General by the end of November 2017. Currently there are nine candidates from different countries that aspire to lead UNESCO during the next four years. Among them is the official candidate, nominated by the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ambassador Polad Bülbüloglu. As the next Director General of UNESCO, I strongly believe that Ambassador Bülbüloglu will further work to stop violent extremism, promote interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding.  Above all, Ambassador Bülbüloglu will be an instrumental force towards the protection of cultural heritage and strengthen education policies in the Landlocked Developing Countries. These areas are key factors towards the implementation of sustainable development goals.

Moreover, UNESCO’s incumbent leadership must undertake a visit to the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, to visit over a dozen historical sites that deserve to be included in the World Heritage List.  I am confident that Ambassador Bülbüloglu will have a genuine propensity towards the preservation of multiculturalism across many nations and will strive to preserve peace, increase the levels of education and literacy.

Eurasia Diary: How do you think, is secularism in Azerbaijan a suitable model to some Muslim countries?

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Islamic Solidarity Games foster an intercultural dialogue

The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games is an example that brings closer nations and cultures, it is an effective and fair sports competition, which fosters an intercultural dialogue, Peter Tase, a political analyst and international relations expert with the Milwaukee-based Marquette University.

The Games, which involve Indonesian, Turkish, Jordanian, Uzbek athletes, as well as those from many other countries, is a genuine competition taking place in the heart of Eurasian landmass, he said.

 

The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games has become a unique example to follow and a valuable practice that ought to be applied, especially its effective organizational model, in other parts of the world, he added.

 

The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games started May 8 and will last until May 22 in Azerbaijan’s capital on 16 sports grounds in 21 kinds of sports – 17 Olympic ones and three non-Olympic ones.

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Ordubad: a cradle of religious tolerance in the Caucasus

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta 

Written by: Peter Tase (Senior American Journalist – American Congress Library)

Religious architecture in the region of Ordubad, Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan), has established new paradigms in the shaping of Azerbaijani Islamic culture, interfaith dialogue, and has reflected a deep sense of conviction within its citizens and a unique enrichment of religious tolerance, cultural dialogue, and multicultural coexistence.  The Region of Ordubad is the symbol of a religious harmony, unique architectural treasures that enshrine the superior values of the architecture school founded by Ajami Ibn Abubakr Nakhchivani.  The city of Ordubad – the former Soviet Union’s capital of apricots (known globally for its famous apricots exported all the way to Moscow during the Cold War) –  displays to the world a great sense of Azerbaijani patriotism and is home of many beautiful mosques that ought to be visited by religious scholars, international

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FOREIGN POLICY NEWS

Dear old Nakhchivan

By Peter Tase Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan’s westernmost province, welcomes everyone – including a novelist with no guidebook; it is heralded as a museum without walls.  Thi… Read more

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Peter Tase is a contributor, freelance journalist and a research scholar of International Affairs, Paraguayan Studies, Middle East Studies and Latin American Affairs, located in the United States. Educated at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government; Tase is the author of “Simultaneous Dictionary in Five Languages: Guarani, English, Italian, Albanian and Spanish” and “El Dr. FEDERICO FRANCO y Su Mandato Presidencial en la Historia del Paraguay.” He’s a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy News. His personal website is http://www.petertase.com

 

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