REPORT – Women and Children First: Repatriating the Westerners Affiliated with ISIS

By International Crisis Group What’s new? Alongside the thousands of foreign fighters detained in north east Syria are thousands of non-Syrian children and women. Western governments have for months publicly wrestled with political and policy qualms about repatriating their nationals.… Continue Reading  

Report: Getting a Grip on Central Sahel’s Gold Rush

By International Crisis Group What’s new? In Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, a gold boom is attracting the attention of diverse armed groups. Security forces are struggling to control gold mining zones in regions that the state has neglected or… Continue Reading  

Why I Weep While I Work

By Allegra Harpootlian Think back to the last time you cried at work. Did the tears come after your boss sent you a curt email? Or when you accidentally cc’d (instead of bcc’d) everyone? Maybe you just had a really,… Continue Reading  

You’ve Been De-Banked! How An Unknown Counterterror Law Is Crippling The Movement Of Money & Humanitarian Aid

By Rasha Elass As a law-abiding U.S. citizen, I never thought I would suffer the consequences of U.S. Counterterrorism measures. But when I reported to duty as a correspondent in Beirut for a U.S. media company to cover the war… Continue Reading  

Counterterrorism with the Taliban

by Paul R. Pillar Anyone looking in Afghanistan for an easily understood story of good versus evil, or moderation versus extremism, will be disappointed. That war-torn country is a congeries of conflicts with diverse ethnic, sectarian, and ideological overtones. Battles… Continue Reading