Terrorism Articles

Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group’s flags in front of the provincial government headquarters, Mosul, Iraq, June 16, 2014 (AP photo).

Islamic State’s Local Propaganda Key to Understanding Appeal

By Tyler Golson
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To maintain support in Iraq and Syria and abroad, the Islamic State has developed a sophisticated local propaganda strategy across its territory. Unlike the savage propaganda designed to terrify Western audiences, the group’s local messaging focuses on the familiar and banal to normalize life under the caliphate. more


Global Insider

Friction Grows Between Hamas’ Gaza- and Foreign-Based Leaders

By The Editors
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The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Iran has transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas’ military wing over recent months in an effort to revive ties. In an interview, Nathan Thrall, a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, discussed Hamas’ internal divisions. more

Thunder God: Values, Corruption and Nigeria’s Election

By Sarah Chayes
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Corruption is not only a problem of governance, but a profound moral challenge for Nigerian society. It helps explain the results of last month’s remarkable presidential election, as well as the emergence and endurance of the radical Boko Haram insurgency that has terrorized northern Nigeria. more

Global Insider

Suspending Money Transfers to Somalia Hurts the Poor, Not Terrorists

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, Kenya suspended the licenses of 13 Somali money transfer agencies operating in Nairobi in a bid to limit funding to al-Shabab. In an interview, Sarah Hearn of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation discussed the role of remittances in Somalia’s economy. more

Strategic Horizons

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran

By Steven Metz
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Unlike Israel, the United States has far-ranging, interconnected global concerns and a uniquely idealistic strategic culture. How the U.S. deals with Iran reverberates outside the Middle East, and done badly, it might advance Israel’s security while degrading American interests elsewhere in the world. more

Global Insider

Kenya’s Harsh Counterterrorism Tactics Risk Stoking Extremism

By The Editors
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In recent months, Kenya has increased its crackdown on Islamic extremism, including mosque raids and alleged extrajudicial killings. In an interview, Jeremy Prestholdt, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, discussed Kenya’s counterterrorism policies. more

Strategic Horizons

Making Libya a U.N. Protectorate Would Be Wise but Impossible

By Steven Metz
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Libya is a mess and rapidly getting worse, as the Islamic State moves in. Only one option has even a theoretical chance of turning Libya around: a United Nations protectorate. But there are very few nations with enough surplus military power to commit to what could be a very long-term operation. more

Libya Needs More Than Unity Government to Halt IS Rise

By Mohamed Eljarh
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Four years after the revolution began to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, Libya today faces a new and very real threat: militants affiliated with the Islamic State. But the group’s advance must be understood in the wider context of Libya’s civil war, and Libyans cannot tackle it alone. more