Saving the “Cubs of the Caliphate”

June 05, 2018

Iraq has the potential to harness youth in countering violent extremism and the establishment of future peaceful coexistence. With the defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq announced in December 2017, the country faces critical questions about how it will emerge from and address the...

The Virtual Islamic State Is Next

November 24, 2017

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...

For Emmanuel Macron, Is Africa Just PR?

November 23, 2017

Some of Macron’s diplomatic initiatives are in danger of looking more like convenient photo opportunities if they fail to deliver results. French President Emmanuel Macron rarely admits that he lacks experience when it comes to high office and foreign affairs. He may have demurred from...

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

September 06, 2017

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,...

Another Attack and Still Little Prevention Education

June 12, 2017

By educating people about coercive and dangerous relationships that lead to radicalization, we can build resilience to these methods in our population. Another attack, and once again I ask myself: When will we begin to educate our young people to recognize and protect themselves from the...

Fighting Boko Haram Through Internet and Education

April 04, 2017

Refugees fleeing Boko Haram are using the internet for the first time in their lives to further their education. Since its emergence in Nigeria’s northeast in 2002, the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has wreaked havoc across the country, leading the government to declare an emergency in...

The Al-Qaeda Affiliates Merger in Mali

March 28, 2017

Mali's inability to improve its security conditions means that it is likely to remain a key base for al-Qaeda’s activism in the region. On March 2, 2017, leaders of several Mali-based terrorist factions linked to al-Qaeda released a video statement announcing the creation of a new...

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Close

March 10, 2017

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....

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....

A Difference Between Terror Acts?

February 18, 2017

US Congressman Sean Duffy refers to the right-wing attack on a Quebec mosque as a “one-off.” At 9:02am on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols put right-wing extremism firmly on the American social map with the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City...

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