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

The Deradicalization Dilemma

Armed police at London Bridge responding to multiple stabbings by Usman Khan, a paroled and ‘deradicalized’ terrorist, on November 29, 2019. Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski/AP. London’s recent knife attacks highlight the challenges of current deradicalization programs. On November 29, 2019, Usman Khan stabbed to death two practitioners at an event near London Bridge that was … Continue reading The Deradicalization Dilemma

Russian Counterinsurgency Doctrine During The Second Chechen War 1999-2009

Russian troops in action during the Second Chechen War. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons. The Bear subjugating the Wolves                 Before the Russian people became a nation, Russia was an empire. This has severe implications for the Kremlin’s counterinsurgency doctrine, as Russia can best be described as a state-nation rather than a nation-state. Given Russia’s unique identity, … Continue reading Russian Counterinsurgency Doctrine During The Second Chechen War 1999-2009

The Far-Right and Domestic Terrorism: Legislation’s Day in the Sun?

Propaganda image used by The Base. Photo Credit: Telegram. The recent arrest of members from “The Base,” a neo-Nazi militant group, highlights the continued threat of domestic terrorism in the United States. Three individuals were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on January 16, 2020 and are now facing federal firearms, conspiracy, and … Continue reading The Far-Right and Domestic Terrorism: Legislation’s Day in the Sun?

The Fluctuation of Radicalization and the Fluidity of Extremist Belief-Systems

A group of white nationals marching. Photo Source: Mykal McEldowney/AP. Radicalization is difficult to fully grasp because of its complex historic milieu, geographic peculiarities, and individualistic idiosyncrasies. Frank Furedi, a sociologist best known for his work on the psychology of fear, argues that a government’s portrayal of radicalization usually has a “fantasy like character,” designed … Continue reading The Fluctuation of Radicalization and the Fluidity of Extremist Belief-Systems