We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

Jul 23, 2019

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately,...

Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks
Jun 12, 2019

Not All Terrorists Want to Claim Responsibility for Attacks

To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities
May 09, 2019

To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism
Mar 28, 2019

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Is a New Form of Racism

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

How Controversial Is Britain’s Counterterrorism Strategy?

Feb 28, 2019

Throughout its development, Prevent has faced severe criticism but has remained protected by the armor of national security. On January 22, Britain’s security minister, Ben Wallace, announced there was to be an independent review of the government’s Prevent strategy. The review was launched...

Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

Shamima Begum: A Jihadi Bride’s Plea to Return

Feb 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,...

The Importance of the Latest Netflix Dystopia

The Importance of the Latest Netflix Dystopia

Dec 21, 2018

1983 is an alternative history that bears disturbing resemblance to contemporary politics. Popular culture is full of alternative histories. Mackinley Kantor wrote a famous article in Look magazine in 1960 about what would have happened if the Confederacy had won the Civil War. Philip Roth’s...

Is Chechnya Redrawing the Map of the North Caucasus?

Is Chechnya Redrawing the Map of the North Caucasus?

Dec 11, 2018

Moscow begrudgingly permits regional power play in exchange for North Caucasian security, but at what point will it clash with its internal security framework? Two months of contentious ethno-politics between Chechnya and Ingushetia, which prompted extended public demonstrations in the Ingush...

Europe Is Caught in a Wheel of Xenophobia

Europe Is Caught in a Wheel of Xenophobia

Nov 08, 2018

The assimilation policy of integration, actively practiced across Europe, is one of the main prerequisites of xenophobia. The latest measurements in Europe show that after a sharp spike in xenophobia and radicalism in 2015 caused by the migration crisis, the situation has improved slightly, but...

The Future of the Astana Peace Process

The Future of the Astana Peace Process

Oct 04, 2018

The international community must side with Turkey in the face of a probable full-scale assault on Idlib in an attempt to prevent a humanitarian and diplomatic crisis. The Astana process, which aimed at formalizing security arrangements and de-escalating tension between Turkey, Russia and Iran,...

It’s Not Just Islam that Needs Saving From Extremism

It's Not Just Islam that Needs Saving From Extremism

Sep 12, 2018

Islam is not at war with Britain, just as the latter is not at war with Muslims, even if extremists on both sides want that to be the case. The Arabic phrase Bismillah, ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim translates as “in the name of Allah the beneficent the merciful.” These words open all but one of the...

Norway Has Failed to Combat a Climate of Hate

Norway Has Failed to Combat a Climate of Hate

Aug 01, 2018

Norway's politicians have not dealt with or intervened to undermine the racist ideology that made Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 attacks possible. In July, Norway remembered the victims of the Utøya and Oslo attacks of 2011. A temporary memorial was unveiled with the names of those killed. The...

This Is the End of ETA

This Is the End of ETA

Jul 17, 2018

ETA's demise provides lessons that challenge some popularly accepted counterterrorism maxims. The dissolution of the separatist group ETA (Basque Country and Freedom), announced on May 2, was marked by celebration and expectation in Spain. But for a terror group that killed over 850 people in a...

UK Counterterrorism Policy Needs to Look Beyond Borders

UK Counterterrorism Policy Needs to Look Beyond Borders

Jun 07, 2018

The UK's new counterterrorism strategy neglects overseas priorities when it comes to combating terrorist activity at the source. On June 4, the UK government published the latest version of its counterterrorism strategy (CONTEST.) The strategy has developed significantly since its early...

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