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How Love Drives Extremism

How Love Drives Extremism

The human need for connection leads young people to be especially vulnerable to extremist groups who promise deep connection, comradeship, brotherhood and belonging. Even a cursory glance at recent books on extremism makes clear the kinds of emotions that most scholars and policymakers see as...

The Women of WikiLeaks: Speaking Truth to Power

The Women of WikiLeaks: Speaking Truth to Power

Information, as powerful as it is, belongs to everyone and can help in individual self-determination. At the center of any WikiLeaks discussion lies Julian Assange, the platform’s founder who has been embroiled in scandals and accusations of misogyny, amongst all else. Lesser known is the...

We Won’t Be Mourning NATO Any Time Soon

We Won’t Be Mourning NATO Any Time Soon

Whatever Donald Trump says or does in Brussels, it will not be the end of NATO. As the NATO summit in Brussels started its second day in disarray, what used to be an eventless and business-as-usual reconfirmation of unity and strength of the Atlantic alliance has turned into a power play between...

Watchdog Holds Pakistan Accountable on Terrorism

Watchdog Holds Pakistan Accountable on Terrorism

It was only a matter of time before the US was going to challenge Pakistan for its support for terrorist groups across the border in Afghanistan and India. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering watchdog, decided during its plenary session in February to put Pakistan...

Tackling Structural Violence in Afghanistan

Tackling Structural Violence in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, opportunity is not equally distributed among all citizens. Afghanistan’s history is marked with the persistent struggle faced by the ethnic communities due to the country’s geostrategic significance and multi-ethnic divisions. Every historic change — from the expansion of...

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What Does the Latest Electronics Ban Mean for Morocco?

What Does the Latest Electronics Ban Mean for Morocco?

The recent ban on in-flight electronics can be construed as a deliberate step to discourage Muslims from traveling to the US. On February 8, 2017, my wife and I arrived in Casablanca, Morocco. Just like outside many international airports around the world, we were greeted with hand-made signs in...

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Close

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Close

The Kenyan government continues the legal fight to close Dadaab—the largest refugee camp in the world. Claims by the Kenyan government that the Dadaab refugee camp on the border with Somalia has become a recruiting ground for terrorists have been behind the push to shut down the camp....

How to Salvage US Interests in Syria

How to Salvage US Interests in Syria

Short of a full military victory by one side or the other, there is no prospect of Syria being stitched back together soon. When it started in 2011, the Syrian protest movement against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria was entirely domestic and mostly peaceful. I was there and observed...

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

The coming year may well prove to be the bloodiest yet in Turkey. The figures for terrorist attacks and those killed in Turkey as a result in 2016 are staggering as the death toll reaches 300 with seemingly no respite from the relentless killings in sight. In the early hours of 2017, the...

Turkey Faces Uphill Battle to Defeat Terrorism

Turkey Faces Uphill Battle to Defeat Terrorism

Internal conflicts and external interests have created the conditions for violence in Turkey. In the last 18 months or so, there have been around 30 terrorist attacks in Turkey, killing over 1,000 people. From a country that was seen as having determined the perfect balance between Islam,...

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