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A Discussion on PTSD and War and the New Normal

September 8th, 2016

Phil Walter discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his personal experiences, and his article series War and the New Normal.


An Update on the Recent Developments of Boko Haram

August 25th, 2016

Jacob Zenn provides us with an update on the recent developments of Boko Haram, as well as the Chibok Girls.

You can read Jacob's recent article, which compliments this discussion, here: Boko Haram: Abu Musab al-Barnawi's Leadership Coup and Offensive in Niger


What’s in a Name? A Look at Jabhat al-Nusra’s Name Change and Potential Break from al-Qaeda

August 9th, 2016

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the recent developments of Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), its break from al-Qaeda (AQ), and what it all means.


All Jihad is Local: a Look at Foreign Fighter Data

July 26th, 2016

Nate Rosenblatt discusses his recent study with us, All Jihad is Local: What ISIS' Files Tell Us About It's Fighters.


A Discussion on Private Military Contractors

July 8th, 2016

Dr. Sean McFate discusses private military contractors (PMCs) and his new book Shadow War: A Tom Locke Novel.

You can find Shadow War here.


Potential Implications of Defeating ISIS/ISIL and what it Might Mean for IS

June 14th, 2016

Phil Walter discusses the potential implications of defeating ISIS/ISIL and what it might mean for the Islamic State (IS).

You can read his article which inspired the show here.

One of Phil's past articles complements our discussion so we've included the link to it as well: Destroy, Defeat, or Minimize the Islamic State?


A Discussion on Expertise, Part II

June 6th, 2016

In a continuation of our 2013 show What Makes an Expert an "Expert", Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Tom Nichols resume the discussion in light of the recent Ben Rhodes interview which you can read here.


The Future of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

May 19th, 2016

Dr. James J.F. Forest discusses The Future of Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CT).

You can learn more about Dr. Forest, his research, books, and publications at his website.


Vanguard of the Imam

April 26th, 2016

A discussion with Afshon Ostovar on his new book Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards.



Illegal Arms Trading and the Use of Social Media in Sales

April 18th, 2016

Nic Jenzen-Jones of Armament Research Services (ARES) discusses illegal arms trading and how social media is used for sales.

You can find all of ARES's reports here, including Research Report #5: A Tale of Two Rifles which was mentioned in the discussion.

You can read the New York Times article which features ARES work here: Facebook Groups Act as Weapons Bazaars for Militia.