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...

Forming the Digital Caliphate

February 21, 2017

Abdel Bari Atwan’s book is carefully researched and offers new insights into the Islamic State’s inner workings. The digital world has been a central feature of the Islamic State’s (IS) rise to power, driving much of its recruitment as well as building and maintaining its fearsome image....

Iraq: Instability to Persist After the Fall of Mosul

January 12, 2017

The eventual fall of Mosul will mark a significant victory for the Iraqi government and a major defeat for the Islamic State, though the group’s supporters will continue to launch terrorist attacks. On January 8, Iraq’s elite counterterrorism troops reached the eastern bank of the Tigris...

ISIS Violence Fuels Culture Wars

January 07, 2017

By attacking a nightclub in Turkey, the Islamic State’s strategy may have backfired. The Islamic State’s (IS) bombing of an upscale nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s has fueled culture wars in Turkey and Israel, and laid bare aspirations among youth in socially restrictive Muslim...

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

January 07, 2017

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

January 01, 2017

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,...