ISIS

Dress to Impress the Caliph

Back-to-school shopping season has started, and the holidays are just a few months away. What to get that budding jihadist who seems to have everything? ISIS may be a brutal terrorist organization threatening millions with slavery and...

Three Cheers for Prime Minister Cameron’s Speech

The modern culture of the West tends to promote tolerance and respect for individuals, including those in immigrant or minority ethnic communities, no matter how illiberal their worldview, as long as they are not violent. Thus, while Western governments vigorously prosecute the war on...

The Best of Frenemies

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend," goes an ancient proverb. New common enemies in today’s Middle East might not turn old foes into friends, but they may at least create a détente, allowing adversaries to join together against larger threats.

One example: The United...

ISIS in Iraq and Syria: Bloodied but Unbowed

At the dawn of the US-led campaign against ISIS in September 2014, President Obama announced the formation of a “broad coalition” whose mission was to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.

Since then, the international coalition has carried out more than 5,000...

Mothers Against Joining Jihad

The number of foreign fighters who have joined ISIS now exceeds 20,000, illustrating the effectiveness of the group's recruitment strategies. Governments and...

Syria Post Assad – No Closer to Pluralism

In the early days of the Syrian rebellion, it was widely assumed that the Assad dictatorship would collapse in short order. The “Arab Spring” had already cast off tyrannies in Tunisia and Egypt. The Ghaddafi regime in Libya would soon join that list. The decline in oil prices was...

Will Miski’s Repeated Resurrections Wake Up Twitter?

On May 3, two heavily armed violent Islamic extremists from Arizona, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, attempted to murder attendees and organizers of a Garland, Texas gathering billed as a free speech event.  Fortunately, security personnel prevented mass murder by killing the attackers...