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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.


The Apple iPhone Controversy: A Law Enforcement Perspective of the San Bernardino Case

April 4th, 2016

David Gomez discusses the law enforcement side of the Apple iPhone controversy surrounding the San Bernardino attacks.

Please note that this show was recorded at the end of last week. When we refer to news of the phone in question being hacked on Monday, we are referring to Monday, March 28, 2016.


CNA’s Asking the Right Questions: A Framework for Assessing Counterterrorism Actions

March 21st, 2016

We had the pleasure of speaking with Emily Warner, Jonathan Schroden and Bill Rosenau of CNA about their recent report, Asking the Right Questions: A Framework for Assessing Counterterrorism Actions.