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On 9/11, Master the Fear of Terrorism

Fifteen years ago this Sunday, al Qaeda attacked, and over time, the commemoration of 9/11 has morphed into a superficial media bonanza and a catalyst for fear of terrorism. This is not what we need to inspire among the population.

International Collaboration in an Era of Homegrown Terrorism

Terrorism today is not necessarily committed by foreigners. From San Bernardino to Baghdad, we are seeing the rapid growth of HVE as the most serious type of terrorist threat.

An Open Letter to Non-Muslim Americans

Extremism threatens us all, whether it comes in the form of violence or in the form of intolerance and hate. All Americans have an opportunity this month to show their fellow citizens that this country is still a land of united people. It only takes two words: Happy Ramadan.

In Fight Against ISIS and AQ, What Does Success Look Like?

The George Washington University annual program, “Securing Our Future,” bought together national, homeland and cyber security experts to discuss U.S. security challenges and priorities. What emerged were three clear metrics for measuring success in the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda.

A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism

A lot has been written about empathy as the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. It turns out that empathy can be a fantastically powerful tool in understanding complex issues and in making crucial decisions in a variety of situations—including in the fight against terrorists.

After Brussels Attack, Why Daesh is Losing the Battle and Winning the War

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks at the Brussels airport and metro. There’s been rosy talk lately about how Daesh is losing, but they’re not. Every terrorist attack feeds a cycle of extremism and violence, and those fighting Daesh are not doing enough to break it.

Demographic Insights of Violent Extremists in Minneapolis-St. Paul

By Chris Fox
When it comes to terrorism, we hear a lot of trendy buzzwords, rhetoric and speculation. The questions we don’t hear enough are, why does radicalization occur and how do we stop it? Answering these questions requires data and careful research.

One Strategy Does Not Fit All Terrorists

Big issues, like international and domestic terrorism, are incredibly complex. So how can so many of the proposed solutions to America’s terrorism woes fit inside a 5-second soundbite? They can’t because they aren’t real solutions.

Don’t Know Much About Islam…And That’s a Problem

With news of ISIS running 24/7, there has been a lot of loose talk about what Islam does and does not teach. However, much of this banter comes from people who have no idea what they’re talking about. Let’s sort this out.

Paris Spotlights Soft Target Security

By William Flynn
The tactics used in the attacks in Paris last week require a recommitment in the homeland to heightening our vigilance of potential attacks. To support this, what were the tactics, techniques and procedures used in the Paris attacks from which we can draw applicable lessons for the United States?