Radical Islamism

Through a Glass Darkly: How Iranian Revolutionaries Blindsided America’s Secular Intelligence Community
Through a Glass Darkly

In the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, a State Department official summed up the confused state of American intelligence when he exclaimed, “Whoever took religion seriously?”

The Caliphate & the Cosmopolis
The Caliphate & the Cosmopolis

The point is not that one nation-state attacked another. It is precisely that the Caliphate attacked one of the cities in… let’s call it the Cosmopolis, the collection of cities that are the capitals of what was once Christendom.

Islam Christianity End of Palestine
Islam, Christianity, & the End of Palestine

Twenty-three years ago today, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin and PLO negotiator Abbas agreed to the Oslo Accords.

Renewing a Convincing American Global Engagement
Renewing a Convincing American Global Engagement

Much has been made of Obama’s foreign policy mistakes, but one criticism not often made, at least not fully, is that the Obama Administration was caught flat-footed by the changing information environment revolutionized by the rise of social media.

Moral Clarity in a Time of Terror
Moral Clarity in a Time of Terror

Christianity can provide us with a clear lens with which to scrutinize the Paris terror attacks. They were deliberate, unrestrained, unprovoked, and unlawful (extra-judicial) mass murder perpetrated by sadistic criminals on unsuspecting, legally innocent civilian victims.

Pope Francis Beauty Danger of Humility Islamic Terrorism
The Beauty and Danger of Humility

One can maintain the preeminence of humility in the Christian life while also rightly naming the sources of the contemporary scourge of terrorism that finds its motivation in a twisted religious fundamentalism.

Sunni Tribes
Countering Islamic Violent Extremism in the Fertile Crescent: The Sunni Tribes are the Center of Gravity

This article about how U.S. foreign policy could build relations with Sunni tribes first appeared in Issue 2 (Winter 2016)…

The Nice Attack and the Clash of Civilizations
The Nice Attack and the Clash of Civilizations

There should be no confusion about the identity and motives of the Tunisian man who drove his truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on a promenade in Nice, France, killing at least 84 and injuring hundreds. This is the face of the modern holy warrior, the fanatical foot soldier in the Islamic jihad against the West.

To Bear the Sword against ISIL
To Bear the Sword

According to Sebastian Gorka, ISIL is simply another form of totalitarianism, a political regime seen under Hitler and Nazi Germany that recognizes no limit to its authority and attempts to permeate every aspect of public and private life. Yet, peace with ISIL and other jihad-driven Muslim groups seems much more difficult to attain.