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Jihadism

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.27.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.

Six Big Problems With Obama's New Anti-ISIS Strategy (Or, Why It May Already Be Too Late)

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has passed since President Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. There's been no shortage of activity, as distinguished from action, from the Obama administration.

15 Years of Wise Leadership in Morocco

Ahmed Charai | Posted 10.25.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

On August 21, Moroccans celebrated the birthday of King Mohammed VI. The occasion comes at a time of glaring contrast between the North African kingd...

Militant Islamism: A Strategic Threat

Magnus Norell | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Magnus Norell

In several countries from Western Sahel in Africa to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the East, militant Islamist organizations (including smaller groups a...

A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

'Ceasefire' Is the Syria Word We Need to Hear

Marc Gopin | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

We need to hear the word "ceasefire" from the lips of major diplomats and strategists. The people of Syria will die without it, and everyone will gain something from ceasefire.

Some Considerations on the Turkish Uprising and Erdogan

Amir Madani | Posted 08.09.2013 | World
Amir Madani

The protests began apparently for an environmental cause: The protest transformed itself into a real social uprising with wide popular participation. There are powerful cultural and economic reasons for the uprising having expanded its message. Here are some of them

National Security Advisor Susan Rice: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

William Bradley | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

As national security advisor, she doesn't have to be a natural diplomat with a gift of politesse. She has to be smart, analytical, articulate, and hard-working. And she has to have the confidence of the president. Which she clearly does.

Considering W: I Have a Confession to Make (I Kinda Like Bush)

William Bradley | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

I met Bush rather briefly when he was governor of Texas and found him to be intelligent and funny -- though he certainly turned out somewhat differently than I anticipated.

A New Threat of Idiocratic Terrorism?

William Bradley | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
William Bradley

If the Boston bombing was terrorism, as Tsarnaev claims, it looks like an especially boneheaded form of terrorism. Let's call it idiocratic terrorism. That's an adaptation of the title of the cult 2006 film Idiocracy, a satire about a dystopic future in which pretty much everyone is an idiot.

Pivoting, Droning, and Our Man in Kabul

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
William Bradley

If only the actual drone program, and the strategic thinking that underlies it, were to undergo the same sort of review as a little contraption of cloth and medal.

The Suddenly Scrambling Obama

William Bradley | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama, trying a new tack on the sequester and overall fiscal fronts, has embarked on an extensive program of reaching out to Republican members of Congress, having privately had a number of them over a couple of evenings this week at the White House.

How Romney Should Have Attacked Obama: Anatomy of a Geopolitical Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Romney missed a big opportunity last week when he so foolishly and shallowly attacked President Barack Obama after the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt.

IMAGE: Ad Denouncing Jihad As 'Savage' To Appear In Subways Soon

Posted 09.19.2012 | New York

While outrage continues in the Middle East over the incendiary film, "The Innocence of Muslims," a new pro-Israel ad denouncing Jihad as "savage" will...

Exclusive: NPR's Steve Inskeep Talks About His New Book on Karachi: Can Pakistan Turn the Corner?

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.31.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, has written a most readable, informative, entertaining, and provocative narrative of contemporary Karachi. I recently had an email discussion with Inskeep about the city and the region.

The Rabbani Assassination and a Way Forward for Obama in Afghanistan

Amir Madani | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Amir Madani

In order to end or at least significantly reduce jihadist suicide attacks, the womb that gives them birth must be dealt with. This will be possible only by instituting justice that is not merely punitive but also distributive and egalitarian.

Remembering Too Well

Nina Burleigh | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Nina Burleigh

The Italian city of Otranto's obsession with its 600-year-old victimization presents a cautionary tale about what New York might be in six centuries if tragedy -- and not our glorious, universal spirit -- became the city's binding legend.

From Jihadism To Crusade-ism

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

Since it became clear that the culprit of the horror in Norway was not a Muslim jihadist, but a self-proclaimed "Christian Knight," the popular perceptions of terrorism are being questioned.

Bin Laden and Pakistan: Will There Be a Thorough Reckoning?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The execution of Osama bin Laden in a raid on the Pakistani town of Abbottabad calls forth a wide range of reflections. For me, some of these thoughts are personal, and embody experiences in my own life.

To Really Address The Roots Of Muslim Radicalization, First Make Sure You Understand It

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Last Saturday, the British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech about how the government viewed the future of multiculturalism and Muslim commun...

Obama's Escalating Robot War in Pakistan Is Making a Terror Attack More Likely

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

This robot slaughter drags us into a terrible feedback loop, where the US launches more drone attacks to deal with jihadism, which makes jihadism worse, which prompts more drone attacks, which makes jihadism worse -- and on and on.

Understanding How the Privileged Become Violent Fanatics

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

Enthralled by the economic opportunities of globalization, we are failing to manage the global crisis of cultures that is shattering social and political peace, and turning marginalized youth to violent extremism.

The Pentagon Prevents a Poison Prayer

Matthew Harwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

The scandal over Franklin Graham should reinforce that only bad things can happen when the military embraces religion of any creed or sect.

Downward Christian Soldiers

Matthew Harwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew Harwood

The recent resurgence of right wing violence turned particularly bizarre and creepy over the weekend.