Insecurity in the Sahel Region

September 17, 2020

Throughout the Sahel, international borders are porous, poverty rates are high, and there is a history of violent conflict making social fabrics acutely fragile.

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...

Russia and China Draw Closer Over Rivalry with the US

September 25, 2018

As aspiring global powers, both Russia and China are trying to upgrade their roles on the global stage and carve out their respective spheres of influence. On September 11, Russia launched one of the largest military exercises since 1981. Vostok 2018 (East 2018) took place in the Far East of...

The Women of WikiLeaks: Speaking Truth to Power

July 28, 2018

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

July 12, 2018

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

April 05, 2018

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...

Jakarta Bombing Leaves More Questions Than Answers

As Jakarta becomes the latest victim of terror, security forces are finding it increasingly difficult to identify patterns behind attacks. Indonesia has been hit by a suspected suicide bombing, the deadliest since January 2016. The attack occurred on May 24 near the densely-populated Kampung...

Tackling Structural Violence in Afghanistan

May 01, 2017

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...

An Open Letter to Muslim Communities Following Westminster Attack

March 28, 2017

These attacks should be stopped, and ending them requires us to take part. First of all, as fellow human beings we are saddened and all torn up by the tragedy that occurred in the heart of London on March 22. The motive behind this mindless act carried out by Khalid Masood remains vague. His...

What Does the Latest Electronics Ban Mean for Morocco?

March 22, 2017

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...

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