Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

February 19, 2019

A case of an IS bride’s newborn child raises questions of citizenship, personhood and agency. You probably haven’t heard of Marshae Jones. Last December, she was arrested after a shooting at a convenience store in Pleasant Grove, a small town in Alabama. Jones, who was pregnant at the time,...

Gangster Jihadists: The Crime-Terror Nexus

November 29, 2017

Nobody really knows for sure whether today’s terrorists are really yesterday’s criminals, thugs and gangsters. It seems that studying terrorism and terrorists through the prism of past criminal activities has become particularly fashionable. Western media outlets have been awash with...

Rethinking Incarceration: Europe’s Jihadist Incubators

August 10, 2017

Jailing returning jihadists among the general prison population presents a worrying source of radicalization in Europe. On July 26, a German court sentenced Sven Lau, a known recruiter of foreign fighters, to more than five years in prison. One immediate concern following the continued loss of...

Education is the Key to a Healthier UAE

July 19, 2016

What is the UAE doing to combat its growing obesity epidemic? How can health education develop a public health infrastructure based on prevention? In 2011, Forbes ranked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) number 18 on a list of countries with the highest obesity rates, estimating that 68.3% of the...

How Will Saudi Arabia Revamp its Education System?

May 25, 2016

Without an educated and skilled workforce, it will be a tremendous challenge for Vision 2030 to meet its target goals. As Saudi Arabia pursues economic diversification and sustainable development, the kingdom’s progress on these two fronts requires a reformed education system. In April, Prince...

Jihadists Threaten the Nation State

January 26, 2016

International cooperation is essential to destroy sanctuaries of militant jihadism in Asia. In July 2015, at the BRICS Summit, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said: “While threats to global order in general and to the state system in particular are increasing, the response is...

What Lies Behind the Rise of Jihadist Movements in Africa?

June 11, 2015

The failure of African states to adequately address their differences has provided the fertile ground on which rebel groups now prosper. Africa arguably faces the biggest threat to political stability since the collapse of colonialism in the mid-20th century. The threat comes from the...

7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of Prophet Muhammad

April 23, 2015

Khadija was one of history’s most remarkable women. I often get into debates with people about women in Islam. How we dress. How we don’t dress. What we think or don’t think or should be thinking. I also get into debates about feminism. What it is and what it isn’t. I think I’ve...

As “Jihadi John” is Unmasked, Counterterrorism Tactics Must Be Unpicked

February 27, 2015

True or not, Mohammed Emwazi’s harassment claims are a lesson in unintended consequences. The unmasking of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old man from London, has raised new questions about the United Kingdom’s approach to counterterrorism. As the...

The Hunt for “Jihadi John” Moves to Football

January 26, 2015

The hunt for Jihadi John has cast a spotlight over football as a recruitment tool for jihadists. The United Kingdom’s search for “Jihadi John” — the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in beheading videos of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State (IS) — has...

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