Terrorism

Secretary Antony Blinken and the Battle of Ideas

Few have discussed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s formative early years of public service prior to joining Biden’s staff, years when our paths crossed.

Unpunished Murder in Northern Ireland Remembered: A Review of Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Unpunished Murder in Northern Ireland Remembered: A Review of Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing

Numbers and statistics can desensitize students of war to real tragedy. But Keefe’s focus on Jean McConville’s murder in Say Nothing gives readers a detailed examination of the Troubles while reminding them of the victims.

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 Putsch at the US Capitol
The Putsch at the US Capitol

Perhaps the best description of the episode last comes from the Germans. It was a “putsch”: a disorganized, somewhat symbolic strike against legal authority, usually with a rightwing inflection.

Giving Credit Where It’s Due: A Retrospective of the Trump Administration
Giving Credit Where It’s Due: A Retrospective of the Trump Administration

For those of us who care about the affairs of state, giving credit where it’s due is just as important as calling out mistakes and missteps.

Legitimizing Terrorists by Zoom
Legitimizing Terrorists by Zoom

A recent Zoom event at San Francisco State University (SFSU) sparked investigations because it hosted Leila Khaled, a current leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), a US and EU-designated terrorist group.

Biden Strives for Balance on Foreign Policy
Biden Striving for Balance on Foreign Policy

As President-elect Joe Biden pivots to the all-important work of governing, those of us who teach and write about foreign policy are pivoting to the less-important work of forecasting how a Biden administration might steer the ship of state.

Secular Myopia Warps the West’s View of Nigeria
Secular Myopia Warps the West’s View of Nigeria

Failure to recognize the religious dimensions in the present conflicts of Nigeria’s Middle Belt divorces us from the complex realities of concrete human life.

Turkey is Normalizing Militant Jihadism

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has extended his menacing military involvement to the South Caucasus, where Turkish army personnel are assisting Azerbaijan in a massive invasion against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Armenia.