Al Qaeda

Interview – Tom Watts

E-International Relations • Jun 6 2019 • Features

Tom Watts discusses his research on security cooperation as an instrument of remote warfare, Obama’s counterterrorism policies and life as an early-career scholar.

Violent Non-State Actors in the Middle East: Origins and Goals

Christopher P Dallas-Feeney • May 28 2019 • Articles

Violent Non-State Actors are formidable challengers of the legitimacy and security of the existing state system in the Middle East and to those who govern those states.

A Looming Peace for Afghanistan’s Long Hard War?

Robert Cassidy • Feb 26 2019 • Articles

The war in Afghanistan will not be a win, but a qualified conclusion. One scenario for ending it seems to be settling for a draw and a peace with some hope of enduring.

International Relations Theory and the ‘Islamic State’

S. Yaqub Ibrahimi • Oct 15 2018 • Articles

Integrating the root causes of the formation of IS in a systematic framework gives an inclusive and representative image of the formation of this organization.

10th Anniversary Interview – HA Hellyer

E-International Relations • Dec 8 2017 • Features

To celebrate E-IR’s 10th anniversary we asked some of our existing interviewees two further questions reflecting on the last decade in International Relations.

The Separability of Jihad

Stephen Chan • Nov 26 2017 • Articles

It may be in the social origins of the psychology of jihad, rather than in foreign policy, that we might best begin some meaningful work on exploring this phenomenon.

Revenge of Zarqawi: The Islamic State Attacks in Iran

Vesna Markovic and Kenneth E. Gray • Jul 21 2017 • Articles

From its inception, the Islamic State has focused on the Shi’a as the main enemy. The attack in Iran may serve to increase tensions in the already volatile Middle East.

Disrupting the ‘Conditional Selfhood’ of Threat Construction

Kathryn Marie Fisher • Aug 15 2016 • Articles

It is essential to interrogate how representations of the homegrown threat in security practice may instead be influencing insecurity.

Ansarullah Bangla Team: A Major Threat for Bangladesh’s Democracy

Siegfried O. Wolf • Jan 30 2016 • Articles

Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh poses the most dangerous challenge to the idea of a tolerant, secular democracy in a Muslim majority country.

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

Mona Saleh • Jan 18 2016 • Essays

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.

Comparing Goals and Aspirations of National 
vs Transnational Islamist Movements

Joseph J. Kaminski • Dec 28 2014 • Articles

National-based Islamist movements and transnational-based Islamist movements have different approaches to diverse political attitudes and religious value systems.

Pledging Allegiance to ISIS:  Who Benefits Most?

Mark N. Katz • Dec 17 2014 • Articles

Rivalries among jihadist movements will not bring about their downfall, but they will prevent the unified, worldwide jihadist movement that ISIS has sought to build.

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