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The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Even before the recent raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the erstwhile head of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), US President Donald Trump had spoken of how he had single-handedly defeated the caliphate. “Now, when I came, the caliphate was all over the place,” the...

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

The extent to which the Islamic State has re-established itself in a country where it was supposedly defeated is testament to its resilience and to the appeal of its extremist ideology. The narrative is an appealing one. The Islamic State (IS or ISIS) was cornered and down to defending a single...

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...

US Special Ops at War 

US Special Ops at War 

US Special Operations Forces were deployed to 149 nations in 2017, or about 75% of the countries on the planet. At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistan into Afghan airspace. On...

The Virtual Islamic State Is Next

The Virtual Islamic State Is Next

The Islamic State is increasingly going online to ensure its survival. Cyberspace is the ideal platform for terrorists because, unlike conventional warfare, barriers to entry into cyberspace are much lower. The price of entry is an internet connection. The surreptitious use of the internet to...

Kurdexit: More Trouble than it’s Worth?

Kurdexit: More Trouble than it’s Worth?

A yes vote in the Kurdish independence referendum might bring more trouble to the region. When on June 7 Masoud Barzani, Kurdistan’s incumbent president, announced a referendum on independence from Iraq for September 25, a wave of internal backlashes followed, questioning Barzani’s...

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

The US blames everyone but itself for the sorry state of global affairs. Let me try to get this straight: From the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently, just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation,...

The Genocide of Yazidis is Not Over

The Genocide of Yazidis is Not Over

The women and girls victimized by IS deserve to see their persecutors held accountable for their crimes in an international court. On August 3, 2014, Islamic State (IS) fighters attacked the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq. Since then, the Yazidis have been the target of an explicit and...

Women Take on the Islamic State

Women Take on the Islamic State

Kurdish women have joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq. The aim: to destroy the so-called caliphate. Hundreds of Kurdish female fighters have sacrificed their lives at home in Iran to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS or Daesh) in northern Iraq. They train at an...

Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

To some, the significance of the Trump-Putin meeting is a harbinger of things to come.  The July 7 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, will be remembered not so much because the meeting of two most important world leaders finally...

What the Destruction of Mosul Means for the Rest of the World

What the Destruction of Mosul Means for the Rest of the World

If you don't think that the destruction of Mosul will reverberate in our world, too, then you don’t get our world. The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away — or so the Internet assures me. Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I...

The Case for Safe Zones in Syria

The Case for Safe Zones in Syria

Jordan’s unsecured borders pose a threat of even further chaos in the Middle East. Six years into the Syrian Civil War, Russia and Syria have spread their special operation forces to Syria’s southern border with Jordan in an attempt to stop any sudden deployment of US or allied troops. This...

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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