If you had fallen asleep in 1975 and woke up today, you’d probably think the US and the USSR were still deadlocked in a Cold War. Why? Well, there’s a lot of noise these days regarding Russian activities that threaten NATO and American interests. Here’s a short list: Russia hosts the Zapad war games, Russia left troops in Belarussia… Read More Not Your Daddy’s Cold War
“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.” – Theodore Roosevelt In January of 2016, I decided to go back to school for my Master’s degree. So for the last year this blog has run silent while I’ve studied the effects of extremism within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a land that’s no stranger to political divisiveness… Read More Extremism in America
Over the past few years, the nature of terrorism has altered noticeably. As the military campaign against ISIS continues to gain steam by rolling back ISIS-controlled territory, it is ever more likely that the world will continue to see low-cost, high yield attacks like the ones in Nice and Orlando. In stark contrast to the large scale… Read More The New Terror Normal
By capitalizing on civil strife and fractured societies, ISIS’ expansion into Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan, leaves little doubt that the prospects for the group’s long-term viability have increased. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has now established enclaves in Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan, and the expansions seem permanent. ISIS’ appearance as a viable contender… Read More Why the Islamic State’s expansion matters
Thursday marked five years since Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted from power in what has come to be known as the Jasmine Revolution. A well-waged campaign of civil resistance, sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, ultimately led to the upending of Ben Ali’s autocracy and ignited a series of protests… Read More Startup Region: Leveraging the Youth Bulge to Transform the Arab World
At first, one would expect a surge in attacks on American soil would be the culprit, but the reality is that America is enjoying a period of relative safety from global terrorist organizations like al Qaeda. So what is it that’s driving Americans to perceive their world as MORE dangerous, particularly when so many favorably view the Administration’s ability to stop terrorist attacks?… Read More Americans Think Terrorists Are Winning. They’re Not.