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Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Boko Haram: The Case for a Regional Strategy

March 26th, 2015

Julia Mcquaid discusses CNA Corporation's Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Boko Haram: The Case for a Regional Strategy

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Shiite Foreign Fighters and the Shiite Jihad

March 19th, 2015

Phillip Smyth discusses Shiite foreign fighters and the Shiite jihad.

You can read his in-depth paper on this topic via the link below:

The Shiite Jihad in Syria and Its Regional Effects

Further reading and research can be found at:

Hizballah Cavalcade

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The Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

March 16th, 2015

Christopher Jones discusses the destruction of ancient Iraqi sites and artifacts by ISIS/IS.

You can read more of Christopher's work here:

The Future of War in the Middle East and the Future of Archaeology

His blog:
The Gates of Nineveh


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Without You, There Is No Us: a discussion with Suki Kim on North Korea

March 9th, 2015

Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite discusses her book, experiences, and thoughts on North Korea.

You can also learn more about Suki at her website.

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A Discussion With Extreme Dialogue

March 5th, 2015

We spoke with Rachel Briggs, Christianne Boudreau, and Daniel Gallant of Extreme Dialogue, about their campaign to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amounts of extremist material and propaganda available on the Internet and social media platforms.

Please visit Extreme Dialogue's website to learn more, watch Christianne and Daniel's videos, or participate:

You can learn more about Rachel and her work at: the Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Christianne is involved in:
Hayat Canada, a family counseling and outreach program for relatives and friends of persons involved in radical Islamic groups or on the path of a violent Islamic radicalization, including those traveling to Syria and other civil war battlefields.


Mothers for Life, a unique global network of mothers who have experienced violent jihadist radicalization in their own families.

Learn more about Daniel and his work at his website. You can also read his blog here: scholarsfromtheunderground

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Thoughts on The White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit, CVE, and Where to Go from Here

March 1st, 2015

Clint Watts looks at the recent White House summit and discusses countering violent extremism and potential steps for the future.

The talk is based on his recent article which can be found here:
The White House CVE Summit: What Should we expect? More of the same or a new direction to counter ISIS?

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The Egyptian Sinai and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

February 26th, 2015

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Zack Gold discuss Sinai jihadism and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis's (ABM) pledge (bayat) to the Islamic State.

You can read more of Daveed's work on the subject here:

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis's Oath Of Allegiance to the Islamic State

ISIL's International Expansion: What Does Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis's Oath Of Allegiance Mean?

You can read more of Zack's work on the topic here:

Islamic State Allegiance Could Cost Egypt's Sinai Jihadis Popular Support

The Egypt-Gaza Buffer Zone: More Harm than Good for Sinai Security

Egypt and Israel: Sinai Heat Thaws the Cold Peace

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War in the Ukraine?

February 5th, 2015

Dr. Andrew Michta discusses the latest developments in the Ukraine.

You can read his most recent work on the issue, here:

"Why Ukraine Is our Business"

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Nigeria and Boko Haram

February 1st, 2015

Hilary Matfess discusses Boko Haram and the situation in Nigeria.

Listed below are some of Hilary's works on Boko Haram:

"The Boko Haram Insurgency, by the numbers"

"Boko Haram is not al-Qaeda"

Interactive map detailing Boko Haram attacks

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Turkish Foreign Fighters in Ogaden

January 26th, 2015

North Caucasus Caucus and OSMahmood discuss Turkish foreign fighters in Ogaden.

"The Clear Banner: Turkish Foreign Fighters and the Ogaden"

"Azerbaijani Foreign Fighters in Syria"

"Turkish Fighters in Syria, Online and Off"

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