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The Mysterious Case of Mohamad Jamal Khweis
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The Mysterious Case of Mohamad Jamal Khweis

Mohamad Jamal Khweis while in Kurdish custody. Image Credit: Associated Press. Few in Alexandria, Virginia, would have suspected that the...
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Countering Extremism in the Digital Age
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Countering Extremism in the Digital Age

Source: Rand Corporation (2016)  The Global War on Terror has challenged Western conceptions of warfare. The days of clearly defined...
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Lessons from the KKK
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Lessons from the KKK

KKK recruitment propaganda. Source: Link Upstate New York experienced a unique threat to the safety of their community this year:...
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What Constitutes Terrorism?
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What Constitutes Terrorism?

An Israeli woman carrying a coffin with family members and friends to protest domestic violence. Source: The Guardian Photographer: Jim...
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The Naxalite Insurgency
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The Naxalite Insurgency

On October 30, 2018, a journalist and two policemen were killed in an ambush in Eastern Indian state of Chattisgarh....
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The Psychological Battle Against Terror
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The Psychological Battle Against Terror

A man prays by a memorial for the dead. Image credit: Christian Hartman, REUTERS. There is a special aspect to...
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Lessons from Strasbourg
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Lessons from Strasbourg

Cheriff Chekatt, the Strasbourg attacker. Image credit: BBC. At approximately 8 pm on December 11th, 29-year-old Cheriff Chekatt opened fire...
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How Minnesota is Attempting to Combat Radicalization
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How Minnesota is Attempting to Combat Radicalization

Abdifatah Ahmed, who travelled to join the Islamic State, posted this image on Facebook with the caption "The return of...
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ISIS Threat
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ISIS Threat

Since ISIS’, or Daesh’s, ascension to power, following the chaos of the Syrian uprisings in 2011, the world has watched...
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Burkina Faso: Local Instability, Global Implications
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Burkina Faso: Local Instability, Global Implications

Figure 1 Retrieved from Nationsonline.org Link Rampant political instability in Burkina Faso, stemming from the overthrow of dictator Blaise Compaoré,...
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World Cup and Olympics and Terrorism in Brazil
Latin America Rise to Peace blog

World Cup and Olympics and Terrorism in Brazil

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, terrorist attacks occurred in countries that were hosting global events, including incidents...
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Guerrilla Warfare in Latin America
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Guerrilla Warfare in Latin America

When a nation is invaded, or succumbs to an authoritarian government, its people usually are no match for either foreign...
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Women and Radicalization
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Women and Radicalization

Ninetta Bagarella and her husband, Totò, who successfully raised children in the extremist Mafia tradition. Image credit: Associated Press. Emilie König,...
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Social Media and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism
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Social Media and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism

Far-right protestors at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 2017. Image credit: Anthony Crider. In the United...
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Mohammed Hamzah Khan: Case Study of an American Extremist
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Mohammed Hamzah Khan: Case Study of an American Extremist

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, the young man radicalized in the suburbs of Chicago. Born in the United States to first generation...
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Rehabilitation in the Archipelago: Is Indonesia Building a Foundation of Success?
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Rehabilitation in the Archipelago: Is Indonesia Building a Foundation of Success?

Since the turn of the century, much of countering violent extremism (CVE) discussion has rightly focused on the Middle East...
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Psyops: A New Frontier in Counterterror?
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Psyops: A New Frontier in Counterterror?

An American soldier spreads free newspapers to the people of Baghdad as part of a mission in psychological operations. Image...
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When Will the Bloodshed in Syria End?
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When Will the Bloodshed in Syria End?

Late last year, most of the world let out a sigh of relief as it began to appear as though...
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ISIS: From Unified Caliphate to Decentralized Lone Wolves
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ISIS: From Unified Caliphate to Decentralized Lone Wolves

Members of a US-led coalition prepare to fight ISIS and retake Hajin. Credit to Sgt. Timothy Koster. This September, the...
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Kabul Wedding Hall Bombing
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Kabul Wedding Hall Bombing

Last Tuesday, November 20, 2018, religious scholars and clerics gathered in the Uranus Wedding Hall in Kabul, Afghanistan. The hall...
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