Post Tagged with: "al qaeda"

Pledging Allegiance to ISIS:  Who Benefits Most?

Pledging Allegiance to ISIS:  Who Benefits Most?

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.

The Fifteen-Sided War

The Fifteen-Sided War

US strategy for dealing with ISIL is widely criticised. However, it seems to be right for a war in which US enemies are its allies and allies are allies of its enemies.

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Review – Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web

Ramsay’s analysis of online jihadi culture challenges current assumptions about this phenomenon and examines its limited translation to real world violence.

Review – Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change

Review – Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change

Dingley’s analysis of the origins of terrorism is somewhat undermined by his Durkheimian sociological approach, and his use of qualitative methodologies in place of sophisticated statistical research.

The Duality of Syria: Civil War and The War on Terror

The Duality of Syria: Civil War and The War on Terror

Finding a conclusion to the civil war and the ‘War on Terror’ is reliant upon fulfilling the will of the Syrian people without letting them fracture to the point of continuing civil unrest.

An Open Rebuttal to Gian Gentile’s Article on Counterinsurgency

An Open Rebuttal to Gian Gentile’s Article on Counterinsurgency

Gian Gentile’s article on COIN ignores literature that weigh stability and combat operations equally. The key failure of COIN has been not understanding how to integrate the multiple levels required.

Counterinsurgency: The Graduate Level of War or Pure Hokum?

Counterinsurgency: The Graduate Level of War or Pure Hokum?

The US Army’s counterinsurgency manual calls COIN the “graduate level of war.” But, the idea that enlightened soldiers were required to win a war is hokum.

What Do We Really Know About Boko Haram?

What Do We Really Know About Boko Haram?

If the US gets involved in fighting Boko Haram, it could galvanise the support of anti-US movements. However, there are several conflicting narratives on Boko Haram. What is known about the sect is speculative, which highlights a need for empirical research.

Russia, America, and Syria

Russia, America, and Syria

Moscow and Washington strongly disagree over many issues. Their differences over Syria, however, do not amount to a Cold War-style proxy war between them. Regional actors are more at odds in Syria than the U.S. and Russia.

Extremist Islam and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq

Extremist Islam and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq

Recent conflicts have highlighted how religion and identity are central to security issues. The question remains as to what extent individual conflict zones are facets of a wider, transnational war which pits the ‘West’ against al Qaeda?

It Is a Civil War Within Islam: Not Global Terrorism

It Is a Civil War Within Islam: Not Global Terrorism

Washington cannot unilaterally deal with the mayhem that the Islamic civil war has unleashed. The U.S. must enlist allies in multilateral responses to jihadist threats. Often, events can only be influenced at the margins. At times, the most prudent policy may be to do nothing at all.

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