Terrorism (students)

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National Security Strategy: A Case Favoring the Current Global Threat Environment

National Security Strategy: A Case Favoring the Current Global Threat Environment

As states’ absolute power declines and shared threats rise, the NSS becomes more important for the transition to multipolarism and coordination between disparate powers.

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A “Major Terrorist Event” Case Study: Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012

The Benghazi attacks ultimately assisted in the ongoing destabilisation of post-Gaddafi Libya, and advanced multiple extremist Islamist causes.

Why is the Discourse of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ Problematic?

Why is the Discourse of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ Problematic?

The prescribed causal relationship between religion and violence is not only contestable but also alarmingly reductionist.

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Hassan al-Banna: A Starting Point for Contemporary Islamic Fundamentalism

Al-Banna’s ideas of Islam’s superiority, of his conception of Islam to others, and the monopoly of the absolute truth are the first steps to judge Others as unbelievers.

Hamas and the Women’s Movement: Islamism and Feminism Under Occupation

Hamas and the Women’s Movement: Islamism and Feminism Under Occupation

Hamas’ takeover of Gaza marked a shift in the complex process of preparation for national sovereignty, especially for the Palestinian women’s movement.

Snake Oil: US Foreign Policy, Afghanistan, and the Cold War

Snake Oil: US Foreign Policy, Afghanistan, and the Cold War

Afghanistan has become a “snake country”: where loyalty can only be rented, solutions are always temporary, and the law of the stronger prevails.

How the Structure of Syrian Insurgent Groups Restrains Greater American Support

How the Structure of Syrian Insurgent Groups Restrains Greater American Support

The typology of Syrian rebel groups illuminates the obstacles to cooperative action, but also highlights the difficulties that might dominate the post-war Syrian state.

Jihadi State-Building: A Comparative Study of Jihadis’ Capacity for Governance

Jihadi State-Building: A Comparative Study of Jihadis’ Capacity for Governance

An evaluation of the abilities of ISIS, the Afghan Taliban prior to their ousting in 2001 and Boko Haram to engage in state-building – and what forms are ‘successful’.

Human Rights and Terrorism: A Comparative Security Analysis

Human Rights and Terrorism: A Comparative Security Analysis

Liberal values are under siege from terrorism, but questions exist concerning Eurocentric notions of terrorism and the source of supposedly illegitimate violence.

A Fight for Statehood? ISIS and Its Quest for Political Domination

A Fight for Statehood? ISIS and Its Quest for Political Domination

Although it exhibits certain state-like qualities, the Islamic State is rejected as an official, independent, and sovereign state under international law.

How Has the Human Rights Regime Been Affected by 9/11 and the ‘War on Terror’?

How Has the Human Rights Regime Been Affected by 9/11 and the ‘War on Terror’?

No evidence continues to exist that states’ prioritization of security interests over international norms has disrupted the institutions of the human rights regime.

US–Iran “Special” Relations Between 2001 and 2003: Friends or Foes?

US–Iran “Special” Relations Between 2001 and 2003: Friends or Foes?

The US and Iran’s past has greatly affected the nature of their relationship as each country insisted on viewing the other side from different and opposing perspectives.