The Economic Factors of al-Shabaab’s Insurgency

Data from ACLED on attacks perpetrated by jihadists in Mozambique. Photo Credit: The Economist In October 2017, a group of Islamist rebels locally known as al-Shabaab (no affiliation with al-Shabaab in Somalia) sought to spread radical Islam and gain territory in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado. [i] The situation deteriorates as both internal … Continue reading The Economic Factors of al-Shabaab’s Insurgency

ISIS’s Female Morality Police

Photo Credit: NBC News Forty lashes was the standard punishment for women who wore high heels or headscarves with designs on them in areas of Raqqa and Mosul.[1] These lashes were doled out by the Hisbah division of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which focused on strictly enforcing Sharia Law in ISIS conquered … Continue reading ISIS’s Female Morality Police

Philippines’ Anti-Terrorism Act and Deteriorating Rule of Law

Photo Credit: Rappler.com The Philippines’ Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 championed by President Rodrigo Duterte is destined for failure. The law, which is meant to take a hardline stance combatting insurgencies in the Philippines, is yet another example of the deteriorating rule of law under the Duterte Administration and the nation’s failure to learn from the … Continue reading Philippines’ Anti-Terrorism Act and Deteriorating Rule of Law

The Recent Rise of the Far-Right

Photo Credit: Getty Images The January 6th events at the Capitol were heinous, lethal, and extreme. They were also predictable. For a nation that touts itself as the beacon of a liberal world order, many were left scratching their heads and wondering, “how could this happen here?” The answer to that question has been hiding … Continue reading The Recent Rise of the Far-Right

Purge White Supremacist Extremism from the Military

Photo credit: Australia Broadcasting Service, Emma Machan and Ola Haydar In October, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security released an annual assessment that declared white supremacist violence the “most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland.”[i] That sentiment, echoed by FBI Director Christopher Wray in his February address to Congress, supports the general consensus among … Continue reading Purge White Supremacist Extremism from the Military

The First Step Towards Justice

Photo credit: Reuters The indictment of Alexanda Kotey, 36, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 32, on Wednesday, October 7th represents the first step towards achieving justice for their victims and bringing a measure of solace to their grieving families. As members of ISIS, Kotey and Elsheikh were dubbed “The Beatles” because of their British accents. In … Continue reading The First Step Towards Justice

Reclaiming the Moral High Ground?

The final 40 Guantanamo detainees are still waiting for their day in court, but a recent DC appellate court decision has put the privilege of due process in jeopardy. Can the U.S. regain the moral high ground with these indefinitely detained individuals acting as an indefinite stain on the robes of justice? Photo Credit: Congregation … Continue reading Reclaiming the Moral High Ground?

As Attacks Rise, is the Islamic State Tightening its Grip on the Sahel?

ISGS fighters clash with al-Qaeda-affiliated JNIM near Talataye, Gao Region, Mali. Photo from IS al-Naba publication Since 2018, the Liptako-Gourma region on the borders between Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso has seen a rise in violence from jihadist groups, including the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). Although ISGS is expanding its geographical reach … Continue reading As Attacks Rise, is the Islamic State Tightening its Grip on the Sahel?

Racial Justice Requires Domestic Terrorism Laws

Attorney General William P. Barr defended federal response to protests at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla via The New York Times. The Argument As protests over police violence against Black people and systemic racism continue across the U.S., many still wonder how and when justice will be served. While … Continue reading Racial Justice Requires Domestic Terrorism Laws

The Europe Desk Interview: Audrey Kurth Cronin on Counterterrorism and Emerging Technologies

Audrey Kurth Cronin. Photo Credit: Audrey Kurth Cronin/Twitter. In March, Audrey Kurth Cronin, professor of international security in the School of International Service at American University, sat down for an interview with Emily Traynor Mayrand and Alistair Somerville from The Europe Desk podcast at Georgetown’s BMW Center for German and European Studies. She is an … Continue reading The Europe Desk Interview: Audrey Kurth Cronin on Counterterrorism and Emerging Technologies