6 Oct 2014 The War on Terrorism: The Way Forward
Why is there still no international strategy to combat the so-called Islamic State? Gawdat Bahgat blames 1) conflicting regional and global interests; 2) continued uncertainty over Iran; 3) disagreements between civilian and military leaders, especially in the US, and 4) the absence of a political-ideological strategy to complement mere airstrikes. More on «The War on Terrorism: The Way Forward»
30 Sep 2014 To Build a Network
Al-Qaeda’s evolution into a flatter and more autonomous organization reinforces a point John Arquilla made over a decade ago – it takes a network to fight a network. Since then, America’s efforts to build effective security networks have been rather clumsy, with the exception of the US military. More on «To Build a Network»
24 Sep 2014 Africa’s Islamic State?
The international community needs to invest more social, economic and military resources into the fight against Boko Haram, claims J Peter Pham. If it doesn’t renew its focus on Nigeria, African nations may indeed end up having a dangerous Islamic State in their midst. More on «Africa’s Islamic State?»
25 Aug 2014 What Is ISIS?
If the West is going to deal with ISIS properly, argues Jack Goldstone, then it mustn’t see it as just a terror-wielding jihadist group. It’s also a revolutionary movement that is determined to create a ‘just’ regional order, which partially means empowering its followers and making them more secure. More on «What Is ISIS?»