From Orlando to Dhaka, Islamic State has increased terrorist attacks globally. Evan Blackwell discusses how the the loses in Islamic State’s territorial holdings has marked a shift in the group’s operational strategy to maintain its image of strength.
The Caliphate’s Counterpunch: Did ISIS Shift Its Strategy with the Paris Attacks?
The Paris attacks were likely an attempt by ISIS to deter the West from targeting the caliphate, Evan Blackwell writes.
What About Pakistan? The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism in South Asia
Evan Blackwell explores the risk of one of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands.
Prison and Jihad: A Threat Behind Bars
Evan Blackwell discusses how prisons often provide fertile ground for cultivating terrorist recruits and what can be done to check this trend.
Should We Arm the Kurds?
Evan Blackwell explains why a seemingly simple solution to fighting ISIS raises as many problems as it solves.
The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Sectarianism and Security in Syria
While sectarianism has fueled Syria’s devastating civil war, Evan Blackwell explains that self-interest and security have also hardened divisions and prolonged the fighting.
Kenya and the Al-Shabab Struggle
Evan Blackwell examines Al-Shabab’s growing presence in Kenya.
Ask the Lonely: ISIS and the Narrative of Belonging
Evan Blackwell explains the success behind ISIS’ recruitment efforts.
Why Support ISIS? The History of Sunni Disenfranchisement in Iraq
Evan Blackwell explains how ISIS has capitalized on widespread grievances among Iraq’s Sunnis.
Chechnya: A Resurgent Insurgency?
Evan Blackwell examines the potential for a revitalized terrorist insurgency in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus.