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

Counterinsurgency as an Approach to Organized Crime in Latin America

Brazilian security services. Photo Credit: Getty Images By: Yuri Neves, Columnist The growing complexity and capabilities of criminal organizations in Latin America necessitate a new approach to fight crime in the region. The conditions that give rise to insurgencies, are similar to those that allow organized crime groups to prosper. Furthermore, both entities utilize similar … Continue reading Counterinsurgency as an Approach to Organized Crime in Latin America

A Nuclear (em)Powered Middle East: Why the United States Cannot Afford a Counterterror Only Approach to the Region

The Barakah nuclear power plant in United Arab Emirates is seen in an undated photo released by the state-run WAM news agency. Photo Credit: Arun Girija/Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation/WAM/AP  By: Taylor Clausen, Columnist  The most recent National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy heralded the return of great power competition. Before the documents’ release, Elbridge … Continue reading A Nuclear (em)Powered Middle East: Why the United States Cannot Afford a Counterterror Only Approach to the Region

Don’t Discount the Threat Posed by Female Foreign Fighters

ISIS' all-female al-Khansaa brigade, a morality police, ensures women in the caliphate adhere to Islamic norms. Photo Credit: The Strait Times. By: Alicia Chavy, Columnist In December, the U.S. announced that it would withdraw its troops from Syria, to which Syrian rebel groups responded by threatening to release thousands of captured Western European and American … Continue reading Don’t Discount the Threat Posed by Female Foreign Fighters

Why Counterterrorism Efforts Against Salafi-Jihadists Should Emphasize Information Warfare

The Islamic State extensively employs social media to spread its message. Photo Credit: The Week By: Kevin Truitte, Columnist The United States and its Western allies have been fighting the Salafi-jihadist movement for more than a quarter of a century. This war has largely been fought on physical battlefields – from the mountains of Afghanistan … Continue reading Why Counterterrorism Efforts Against Salafi-Jihadists Should Emphasize Information Warfare

Spinning the Syrian Conflict: The Battle to Brand the White Helmets and the Future of Information Warfare

The White Helmets walk through debris in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo. Photo Credit: AFP. By: Krystel Von Kumberg, Columnist Information is a contested resource in today’s world. Perception has become the center of gravity, as humanity’s increasing interconnectedness means that controlling communications is critical to the pursuit of strategic objectives. The cyber domain presents the … Continue reading Spinning the Syrian Conflict: The Battle to Brand the White Helmets and the Future of Information Warfare

Degraded Not Defeated: A Proposition for Forming a New US Security Strategy for Syria

The fall of the ISIS caliphate on March 23, 2019 marks a shift in Syria and the U.S. counterterrorism strategy for the future. Photo Credit: Reuters By: Adrienne Thompson, Columnist  On March 23, 2019, US backed Kurdish forces defeated ISIS’s last occupied Syrian village. Subsequently, President Trump announced the liberation of 100% of ISIS territory … Continue reading Degraded Not Defeated: A Proposition for Forming a New US Security Strategy for Syria

The Risks of Repatriating—Or Not—ISIS Foreign Fighters from the West

Islamic state fighters and their families walk as they surrendered in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria March 12, 2019. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Rodi Said. By: Emily Burchfield, Columnist With ISIS declared territorially defeated in Syria,[i] the U.S. and Europe must focus on what to do with captured foreign fighters. President Trump urged … Continue reading The Risks of Repatriating—Or Not—ISIS Foreign Fighters from the West

Regime Change and Counterterror in the Trump Era

U.S. and SDF forces at al-Tanf base in southeastern Syria. Al-Tanf is one of the places where American troops are expected to remain despite the U.S. drawdown, though the scope and timeline for the withdrawal is still unclear. Photo Credit: Military Times By: Jodi Brignola, Columnist The Trump Administration’s stance on regime change is similar … Continue reading Regime Change and Counterterror in the Trump Era