Islamic State

Saudi Arabia Jumps Headfirst into the Yemeni Civil War

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Saudi Arabia has intervened against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, and in doing so opened up a new proxy front between the bitter regional rivals.

The West Must Help Tunisia before It’s Too Late

A bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius at the Bardo Museum. cc Flickr, Richard Mortel, modified,

Though not necessarily through military means…

Cheap Oil and Political Risk: Islamic State and Iraq

al-Abadi and John Kerry, cc US State Department

In this series, Geopoliticalmonitor.com analyzes political fallout from the global plunge in oil prices. Part four focuses on Islamic State and Iraq.

Analysis: Iraqi Forces Advance on Tikrit

Iraqi Checkpoint Station, cc Iraqi Checkpoint Station, cc Michael Larson

There are two takeaways for US policymakers from the Iraqi army’s advance towards Tikrit. One is encouraging, and the other is not.

“Jihadi John” & the Threat of Radicalization in Southeast Asia

The case of “Jihadi John” shows that the threat of radicalization is a global one.

Assad Key to Any Political Solution in Syria

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Had Bashar al-Assad gone into exile, the ISIS Caliphate would be based in Damascus rather than the middle of nowhere.

Is Germany’s Top Terrorist Dead or Alive?

Deso Dogg by foto di matti cc wikicommons

His jihadist career has taken on nearly mythical dimensions. According to some reports, he is the mastermind behind Islamic State media operations. According to another, he was recently the target of a “honey-trap” set by a female FBI agent sent to Syria in order to extract information from him.

A United Jordan Still at Risk from Islamic State

King Abdullah, cc Wikicommons

The brutal killing of Lieutenant Moath Youssef al-Kasasbeh has united much of Jordan, but the Kingdom faces great risks in an extended campaign against Islamic State.

Navigating the Charlie Hebdo Punditry Chorus

Jesuis Charlie cc thierry ehrmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Neither conservatives nor liberals have got it totally right in the post-Charlie Hebdo editorial space.

The Islamic State: Is History Rhyming?

Grafitti of al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State.

To truly understand the rise of Islamic State we must look back at the historical origins of its doctrine.

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