Category: Terrorism

The Declassified 9/11 Report – Answering the Wrong Questions

Simon Leitch argues that It took the better part of two presidencies to come into the public domain but, at last, the classified 28 pages of the 9/11 report have been released. In one of the worst kept secrets on Capitol Hill, the Report pointed to strong Saudi connections with the hijackings and jihadist movements. Don’t worry though – they’re our allies!

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Sources of Conflict in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Separatist activity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has created a divide between east and west. Chinese central policies intended to provide for cultural and ethnic equality, cohesion and stability can be seen as the root cause for this division and angst common among Uyghurs. Is there an end to the conflict and sparatist extremism, or will it continue for years to come?

Do We Know Why They Hate Us?

With the latest outbreak of terrorist attacks around the world, especially the violent assault on Charlie Hebdo in France, it is both timely and important to revisit a broader set of intellectual debates sparked by al-Qaeda’s attack on America on September 11, 2001, our Editor for American Foreign Policy, Dr. Danny Cooper explains….

When names become important: ‘Daesh’ as a silencing of ISIS’s claim to be the Islamic State?

Professor Malory Nye argues that the debate about calling the terrorist outfit Islamic state (IS) non-Islamic is not justified because in Islam what is Islamic or not is far from a settled issue. In his view, this debate should be resolved if one calls IS ‘Daesh’- an Arabic word referring to ‘downtrodden’ (daes) or ‘causing discord’ (dahes).