The Real Reason Al-Shabaab Banned Plastic Bags

by Austin Bodetti Terrorism is no laughing matter. But the notorious Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab managed to become the subject of derision in the news media when it declared last year that it was banning plastic bags. Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s affiliate… Continue Reading  

Governments Are Starving Yemenis Through Anti-Terror Legislation

by Christina Bennett The news coming out of Yemen these days paints a bleak picture – more than 10,000 conflict related deaths, an ongoing cholera epidemic and now the risk of famine for 14 million people. Even more shocking is the fact this… Continue Reading  

Somalia and the Gulf Crisis

by International Crisis Group The bitter rivalries underpinning the crisis among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have added a dangerous new twist to Somalia’s instability. Competition between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the one hand, and Qatar… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

Counter-terrorism: Who will act on evidence in 2018?

by Jordan Street and Murray Ackman The evidence that mainstream counter-terror strategies need a rethink is crystal clear. Will 2018 be the year that decision-makers begin taking it seriously? The failure of current counter-terror strategies—in countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia,… Continue Reading