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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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Who Are The Kurds? 

Who Are The Kurds? 

The multiplicity of Kurdish national movements throughout the Middle East adds an additional layer of complexity in the fight against ISIS.

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Could Turkey Implode?

Could Turkey Implode?

Turkey, long hailed as a bastion of secular democracy in the Muslim world, could be spiraling toward an all-out civil war as conflicts between Turkish security forces and Kurds as well as other ethnic minorities continue to escalate.

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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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Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Following Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shiite Cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, observers of the Middle East are pondering a multitude of eventualities, many of which point to a hot conflict between the two regional powers.

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Twitter, ISIS and Social Media Whack-a-Mole

Twitter, ISIS and Social Media Whack-a-Mole

Last week, Twitter announced that it suspended 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 suspected of “threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.”

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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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Obama’s Strategy, ISIS’s Coercive Diplomacy, and Escalation Dominance

Obama’s Strategy, ISIS’s Coercive Diplomacy, and Escalation Dominance

Deterrence theory may help explain ISIS’s change of strategy and also how to address it.

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Remember Rwanda when Discussing Syria and Iraq

Remember Rwanda when Discussing Syria and Iraq

Rwanda will always be remembered as a genocide that came from the failure of the international community to act.

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part II – Terrorism

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum Part II – Terrorism

Defeating terrorism is a worldwide problem that requires a worldwide policy.

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The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

The Greatest Threat to U.S. Security?

If General Dunford is right, perhaps now is the time to reconsider military assistance to the Ukraine.

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