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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

The Fall of Baghuz and the Territorial Defeat of ISIS

Al-Baghuz Fawqani, sometimes referred to as Baghuz, is a small city of about ten thousand people near the Iraqi border which had been, since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, under the control of the Islamic State. That was, until the 23rd of March, 2019. The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared a […]

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United States World Politics & Affairs

Mattis Visits Southeast Asia: Strengthening the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

Last year U.S. President Donald Trump has frequently stated the term “free and open Indo-Pacific” during his Asia voyage, as this month U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has visited Southeast Asia to Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to reach a consensus in defense issues and forge strong new partnerships. The Indo-Pacific policy aims to […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Macron for France and the World

The advent of “America-First” politics is leaving a large geopolitical vacuum for leadership on the world stage. The contenders yearning to fill it are numerous: China, India, and Russia just to name a few. Yet a European nation has taken the longest strides in 2017— France. Just 18 months ago, almost any analyst would’ve dismissed […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Palestinians have the legal right to resist

Resistance is not terrorism. South Africans resisting apartheid were not considered “terrorists” by the international community, nor were Indians practicing nonviolent civil disobedience against the British. But an occupying power will always try to discredit their opponents, as seen in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians who resist an unbearable occupation are branded “terrorists”, arrested and demonized […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Changing Our Approach to Defeating Terrorism

The phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is but one of the many erroneous usages of the word “radical.” In fact, the misnomer of acts of terror as “radically Islamic,” besides being a dog whistle characterizing Islam has fundamentally destructive in its essence, also contributes to the degradation of the principal meaning of “radical.” While disagreements on […]

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Culture & Religion World Politics & Affairs

Meet the Norway Terror Survivor Advocating for Open and Inclusive Education

Bjørk Ihler holds the unusual record of knowing the most extremists. He’s also survived a terrorist attack. On July 22nd, 2011, eight people died in a bombing in Oslo and 69 people were killed on Utøya Island in Norway. The attacker, Anders Behring Breivik, and Ihler had things in common- they were educated in the […]

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United States World Politics & Affairs

The Implications Behind the Alberto Nisman Trial

“Then we have Hezbollah, the Shia terror group.”

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Opinion United States

Call White-Supremacist Violence What it Is: Terrorism.

“It must be understood, that I am in no way sympathetic to criminals no matter their race,”

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Opinion World Politics & Affairs

Opinion: In a Time of War, is it “Terrorism” or Counterattack?

When a gunman attacked two US military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015, it was widely considered to be ‘terrorism’. In 2009, Maj. Nidal Hassan, who attacked the military installation at Fort Hood, was also considered a ‘terrorist’, although he was not charged with terrorism. But what constitutes terrorism? According the US army field manual, […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Analysis: Terrorist attacks in Tehran

Yesterday, 10 am IRST, 6 terrorist attackers had mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder. Killing 17 people so far. Terrorist attacks are extremely rare in Iran and people are not used to it. Last year, in the Ramadan month, police forces reported […]