Islamic State (ISIS)

Rehabilitation and Education for Former Militants is the New Battle in Syria
Rehabilitation and Education for Former Militants is the New Battle in Syria

Though Syria still struggles with violence and fighting, the Islamic State’s territorial holdings have been almost completely eradicated. But while ISIS may no longer have physical control in the country, it has left young militants and a dangerous, extremist ideology.

The Crisis in Syria, US Policy and Future Prospects
The Crisis in Syria, US Policy, and Future Prospects

Recently, Robert Nicholson sat down with Ambassador Frederic C. Hof to discuss the tragedy of Syria and American foreign policy in regards to the ongoing crisis.

Sympathy for Hoda Muthana is Acceptable. Mercy without Justice is Not
Sympathy for Hoda Muthana is Acceptable. Mercy without Justice is Not

It is sad to grow up and realize you’ve become a monster. The awareness does not change the fact that you are now a monster.

Politicians Can Determine Genocide if Supported by Expertise and Solid Evidence
Politicians Can Determine Genocide if Supported by Expertise and Solid Evidence

A new bill in the House of Lords would let the UK determine if genocide has occurred without waiting for the international judicial system to make its decision.

Cause for Alarm? Indonesia’s Weekend of Violence Prompts Vigilance and Concern
Cause for Alarm? Indonesia’s Weekend of Violence Prompts Vigilance and Concern

Last weekend’s seven bombings in Surabaya reveal a marked escalation of ISIS capabilities in Indonesia and also show changes in tactics. This is probably only the first wave of awaited attacks by ISIS returnees from the Middle East. Nevertheless, the terrorism threat in the country remains small.

Between Two Caesars: The Christian Militias of Northern Iraq
Between Two Caesars: The Christians of Northern Iraq

After becoming direct victims of ISIS violence in 2014, no significant Christian groups in northern Iraq chose neutrality, and most fought in Christian militias rather than integrating into larger Iraqi or Kurdish forces.

Establish a Global Coalition to Save the Cradle of Christianity
Establish a Global Coalition to Save the Cradle of Christianity

Iraqi Christians in the Nineveh Plains require assistance, which can only be achieved by a coalition of states seeking the indigenous population’s best interest. President Trump and numerous European governments have made assisting displaced and persecuted Christians a top priority. These leaders have followed words with actions, but more must be done.

Dutch Government Takes Stance on Daesh Genocide
Dutch Government Takes Stance on Daesh Genocide

On December 22, 2017, the Dutch government published a letter recognizing that in all likelihood Daesh (ISIS) perpetrates genocide against religious groups in Syria and Iraq.

Sources and Solutions: Review of Van Dam’s Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria

Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria by Nikolaos van Dam does not give a blow-by-blow account of the war. Instead, it explains underpinning factors which shaped the course of the Syrian Civil War and offers potential solutions to the ongoing conflict.