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The Rise of ISIS: Great Decisions Spring Updates

The Rise of ISIS: Great Decisions Spring Updates

ISIS’s increased activity abroad is a sign of weakness rather than strength: the group has lost around 20% of its territory in Syria and over 40% in Iraq since its peak expansion in August 2014.

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Palmyra and the Battle over History

Palmyra and the Battle over History

The ancient city of Palmyra has been the stage for mass executions, the destruction of cultural heritage, battles between ISIS and Syrian government forces, and now in an absurd turn of events, a concert put on by Russia’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra.

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The Islamic State in Singapore

The Islamic State in Singapore

On May 3, Singapore announced that it had detained 8 Bangladeshi workers in April for their alleged membership to the Islamic State in Bangladesh and on suspicion of planning attacks.

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International Terrorism: From Anarchists to ISIS

International Terrorism: From Anarchists to ISIS

Terrorism has always been “international”, but what that means has changed as technologies and ideologies have advanced rapidly over the past 150 years.

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Why are we Ignoring a Genocide?

Why are we Ignoring a Genocide?

Despite the EU and the US confirming this fact, the Canadian government has resisted calling the atrocities taking place in Syria and Iraq a genocide.

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I Am Human

I Am Human

When attacks such as the one in Paris last year or the latest in Brussels take place, the world rises up in solidarity. Having spent the better part of my life in Pakistan, I know that our loss is ours alone, any solace we seek must come from within our borders.

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Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

After declines following attacks by Somalia-based militants and piracy, Kenya’s $1 billion a year tourism sector looks set to for a robust recovery in 2016.

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Brussels Attacks: The Immediate Aftermath

Brussels Attacks: The Immediate Aftermath

The Islamic state has claimed responsibility for the two attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

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The Islamic State in Libya

The Islamic State in Libya

ISIS’ growing activity has caught the attention of U.S. officials who see no other option than to address the Islamic State threat in Libya with military action.

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Assessing the Risk of an ISIS “Dirty Bomb”

Assessing the Risk of an ISIS “Dirty Bomb”

ISIS’ potential acquisition of radioactive material puts forward a scenario in which the extremist group may try to produce and use a “dirty bomb”.

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Uprooting Islamic State?

Uprooting Islamic State?

Lacking outside alliances and with the geopolitical situation slowly starting to tilt against it, Islamic State’s pretensions to act as a legitimate government seem to have its days numbered.

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Should ISIS Fighters be Allowed to Return Home?

Should ISIS Fighters be Allowed to Return Home?

Since preventing terrorist acts is extremely difficult—why take any chances by allowing fighters to return?

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Jakarta in Hunt for an Estimated 1,000 Islamic State Supporters

Jakarta in Hunt for an Estimated 1,000 Islamic State Supporters

One country on the forefront of the battle against the Islamic State is Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, which has over the past year successfully crushed militant cells.

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Byproducts of Militarism and Terrorism

Byproducts of Militarism and Terrorism

Militarism and terrorism are on dangerously accelerated course. Both are driven by men with myopic vision who galvanize the uninformed masses with half-truths and propaganda that are seldom exposed.

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The Timing of ISIS’ Attacks on Paris

The Timing of ISIS’ Attacks on Paris

In quick succession, the set of ISIS attacks in Paris, Sharm el-Sheikh and Beirut suggest that the group has crossed a threshold for international terrorism.

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