Mike Pompeo’s Dismal Legacy

Jan 20, 2021

As the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden takes place, pundits have begun offering political obituaries of prominent personalities associated with the outgoing administration. Mike Pompeo, for example. At 57, his career may not be over, but there is a sense in which, were it to be revived...

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis
Dec 09, 2020

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis

12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues
Nov 25, 2020

12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan
Nov 16, 2020

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Sep 01, 2020

Today, people’s rising aspirations often sit at odds with political stability. Impatience, dissent and violent protests can easily slip into insurgency and terrorism. Various state machineries stand guilty of weaponizing political disaffection in pursuit of political goals. These policies often...

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Can the Taliban and the Afghan Government Make Peace?

Aug 28, 2020

Having harbored al-Qaeda militants, the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 was toppled by the US following the 9/11 attacks in the US. In 2003, the Taliban reorganized and began their insurgency against the Afghan government and NATO forces. Since then, despite national and...

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Aug 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in Syria,...

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

Jul 27, 2020

It’s July 2020 and I’ve just turned 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So, put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly...

Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

Jul 24, 2020

On July 20, The Times released a report indicating that UK police held a forum to explore a request to change the terminology surrounding terror attacks now commonly defined as “Islamist.” The discussion, which included the head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu,...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Jul 08, 2020

The appointment of the new Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, could have significant implications for the country’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has heavily meddled in Iraq’s affairs post-2003. Kadhimi was serving as the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence...

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

May 07, 2020

In late March, the US-led coalition, operating under the auspices of Operation Inherent Resolve, announced that it was relocating most of its personnel and equipment out of Iraq. By early April, the coalition already completed the transfer of four major bases hosting US-led troops back to Iraqi...

Remembering the Easter Sunday Victims in the Shadow of COVID-19

Remembering the Easter Sunday Victims in the Shadow of COVID-19

Apr 14, 2020

Nearly one year has passed since the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, and in the midst of a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the anniversary was marked under somber circumstances. The trauma of these terrorist attacks — which occurred when an Islamic extremist group bombed churches...

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Mar 02, 2020

After a week-long reduction in violence to test the Taliban’s ability to control their fighters on the ground in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban signed their long-awaited peace agreement on February 29 in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The deal, officially titled the Agreement for Bringing Peace...

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

Mar 02, 2020

The New York Times editorial board weighs in with its ethical take on the news of the agreement with Taliban leaders to end the US military presence in Afghanistan. The newspaper’s editorial describes the peace deal as “a ticket out of Afghanistan for American troops who’ve been there far...

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