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Women and Boko Haram

January 20th, 2017

Hilary Matfess discusses women and Boko Haram.


Some of Hilary's work can be found below:

The Wives of Boko Haram: The women who willingly married militants

Joint article with Dr. Mia Bloom:

Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram's Terror


'Bad Blood' (a report that Hilary mentioned in the talk).




The Current Offensive on Mosul

November 1st, 2016

Nate Rabkin discusses the current offensive on Mosul.

Be sure to check out Nate's current piece Beyond Islamists & Autocrats and the newsletter, Inside Iraqi Politics



The Loopcast’s 200th Episode: ‘The Turner Diaries’ and White Nationalism

September 30th, 2016

J.M. Berger celebrates our 200th Episode by discussing his recent work on 'The Turner Diaries' and White Nationalism.

You can find his work on the subject below:
The Turner Legacy: The Storied Origins and Enduring Impact of White Nationalism's Deadly Bible

Alt History

Also check out his World Gone Wrong blog.


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.