Landon Shroder

Landon Shroder is a Security Consultant who specializes in threat assessment for high risk and complex environments. He has spent the past ten years working between the Middle East and Africa. He holds a Master's from the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC, and he has been published in World Policy Journal, Chatham House, Fair Observer and IVN. Shroder is a Reporter at Fair Observer.

Gun Control Isn't the Answer, Disarmament Is

Oct 04, 2017

In light of the most deadly mass shooting in recent US history, the conversation over guns needs to move from control to disarmament. Fifty nine dead, 527 wounded. Those numbers will continue to rise, as tends to be the rule governing mass casualty attacks like the one in Las Vegas...

Unite the Right: The New Face of White Supremacy

Aug 14, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Landon Shroder, a former intelligence analyst and now partner and political director of RVA Mag. On August 12, a small student town of Charlottesville, Virginia, voted as America’s happiest place, became a scene of what the Southern Poverty Law Center...

The US Election Year Foreign Policy Spectacular

Jan 21, 2016

Landon Shroder looks at the turbulent debate on Middle East foreign policy in what appears to be a near endless campaign cycle for the next American president. Now that the US presidential election is only a mere 291 days away from maturity, we must content ourselves with the inevitable salvo...

The Middle East in 2016

Dec 30, 2015

Landon Shroder provides a round-up of where 2015 finished and what 2016 might look like in the Middle East. There have not been many epochs in recent memory that come close to the confusion, complexity and chaos that have defined the modern Middle East in 2015. In the past year...

With Syrian Refugees, America Should Lead By Example

Nov 27, 2015

Instead of leading by example, the US is falling prey to a cynical worldview that would see children as an enemy and powerless families as groups of terrorists. Citizens in Virginia, United States, should be proud of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to support refugee resettlement in the commonwealth—especially those fleeing...

A Conversation With Yasir Qadhi on Paris, Terrorism and Islam

Nov 24, 2015

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Yasir Qadhi, one of America’s most influential Islamic theologians, clerics and intellectuals. The attacks in Paris highlight the deep complexity and uncertainty that surrounds the 21st century. War and terrorism seem to be ubiquitous, and the competing narratives of politicians,...

Lindsey Graham on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Nov 13, 2015

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Republican Senator and US presidential candidate Lindsey Graham. Foreign policy is a long game—a calculus that should always supersede the whimsical proclivities of election year politics or petty score settling. Unfortunately, this has never really been the case. Over the...

The Slow Death of US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Nov 09, 2015

Since Russia’s military intervention in Syria, it has become clear that US foreign policy in the Middle East will not survive in its current form.   Over one month into the Russian military campaign in Syria and it has become clear that US foreign policy in the Middle East is losing...

This is Why Donald Trump is Surging in the Polls

Aug 28, 2015

It is no surprise that Trump is surging in the polls, bringing glamour and flamboyance to a country that is overstimulated by celebrity cachet and disgusted by career politicians. Friedrich Nietzsche, the great German philosopher, once quipped: “If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back...

The Iran Doomsday Clock

Jul 24, 2015

As the doomsday clock ticks, US politicians and allies rush to condemn the Iran nuclear deal. After almost 20 months of a carefully choreographed diplomatic pirouette, the long-awaited nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1—the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany—has finally been made official. So, has the...

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