Counter-Terrorism

Niger, Coups, and Violence in West Africa

The July, 2023 coup in Niger has captured global attention as observers note the upward trend in military coups in West Africa

Don’t Assume Russia and China Will Fumble Afghanistan Crisis
Don’t Assume Russia and China Will Fumble Afghanistan Crisis

The Afghanistan crisis may cause problems for China and Russia, but these countries also have opportunities and could avoid the possible pitfalls.

Beware Playing the Counterterrorism Game at Home
Beware Playing the Counterterrorism Game at Home

As shocking as the January 6 lawlessness was, I was surprised how quickly people who should know better switched gears and called for some version of the Global War on Terror to be fought—not on some distant desert or foreign mountain top—but inside America against American citizens.

The UK Considers New Approach to Counter Terrorism
The UK Considers New Approach to Counter Terrorism

The UK is considering a new law that would criminalize “entering or remaining in a designated area” to help prosecute ISIS fighters from Britain who return home. But laws that could help prosecute them already exist.

Britain Has a Flawed Response to Islamist Terrorism’s Threat
Britain Has a Flawed Response to Islamist Terrorism’s Threat

The UK’s very broad counter-extremism strategy is inadequate to address terrorism and violent extremism, Islamist or otherwise.

Can Christians Support Gina Haspel as CIA Director? Torture Bonnie Kristian
Can Christians Support Gina Haspel, a “Torturer,” as CIA Director?

Can a Christian support using sleep deprivation against known terrorists to gain valuable intelligence that could save lives?

Reassessing the Congressional Foundations for War Against Jihadists - Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)
Reassessing the Congressional Foundations for War Against Jihadists

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 remains in force, but policymakers are debating whether to repeal, replace, or expand its authorities.

Drones
Using Drones Ethically

Kenneth Himes’ Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing offers an ethical and theological analysis of how we do and should use drones.