Jihadist groups continue their expansion in states where services and security are weak.
Counterterrorism can be truly effective only through accountable, legitimate and professional policing.
The group hasn't only recruited suicide bombers, it has also drawn technicians and engineers to manage oil fields under its control.
ISIS wants to make the world in its own image. How the international community reacts to its horrific attacks will determine whether it will succeed.
An effective strategy against the self-proclaimed Islamic State has to engage with the root causes of its continued survival and growth, such as expanding Sunni disenfranchisement.
While desertions have contributed to the emergence of an armed rebellion since early fall 2011, they have failed to critically weaken the Syrian regime’s army.
Peaceful Salafi political parties are losing strength in Egypt and Tunisia while the popularity of Salafi-jihadi movements aiming to build an Islamic state by force is increasing.
The most recent attack in Lebanon by the self-proclaimed Islamic State may reveal a broader regional expansion.
Jordan’s Hirak grassroots movement of 2011-2013, recognized as a social and political protest movement born out of discontent in the East Bank hinterlands, has reflected the country’s rising political contention.
The Syrian capital’s military housing has helped cement bonds between army officers, which has buoyed the Assad regime during the current crisis.