January 22, 2015
AQAP’s Ideological Battles at Home and Abroad
Originally published in the Hudson Institute’s Current Trends in Islamist Ideology Journal
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a grave security threat to both Yemen and the West. This was most devastatingly proved on January 7, 2015, when the group ...
January 21, 2015
Are Russia’s Black Widows Spreading?
Originally posted in World Affairs
Obscured by the attacks in Paris a day later, the January 6th suicide bomb attack in Istanbul was nonetheless a significant one. It was not the first terrorist attack to be carried out by a Russian ...
January 13, 2015
The Battle From Algiers: Lessons from the Charlie Hebdo Attack
Originally published in Foreign Affairs
Last week’s atrocities in Paris, which left 17 dead, were not the first rounds of terror brought to France by Islamists. In fact, such attacks in France have killed over a dozen and wounded hundreds since ...
January 13, 2015
The Yemeni Connection
Originally published in The Wall Street Journal
Two major terrorist atrocities were committed on Wednesday. Events in Paris received more coverage, but the other attack, in Yemen, also deserves scrutiny. The two incidents are more closely linked than they might first ...
December 18, 2014
Across the globe Islamic extremism threatens us all
Originally published in The Daily Express
On MONDAY two civilians died among the dozens taken hostage by a Muslim gunman in a coffee shop in Sydney. On Tuesday a gang of uniformed gunmen massacred 132 children and nine others at a school ...
December 14, 2014
Britain should stay put, it’s Europe that should walk
Originally published in The Sunday Times
Now the union with Scotland is safe, for now, Her Majesty’s government will be turning its attention to that other imperilled union, Europe. At present the debate is focused on how the EU can be ...
November 26, 2014
Why is the Islamic State so intent on provoking the West?
Originally published in The Washington Post
‘No more beheading videos, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri advised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a 2005 letter.
“I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place ...
November 21, 2014
What will happen to the women of Afghanistan?
Originally published in Prospect
‘With British forces leaving the last UK base in Afghanistan, a new fight for control between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Taliban is about to begin. On one side, women’s freedom is essential in ...
November 16, 2014
Crimea, Chechnya and Putin’s Double Standards
Originally published in The Moscow Times
‘In his speech at last month’s annual Valdai Club meeting, President Vladimir Putin accused the West of ”double standards” in Ukraine. This is nothing new. Putin has habitually spoken of the West’s double standards since he first came to power.
Those wishing to understand ...
September 30, 2014
Extremists have no intention of changing their opinion of us
Originally Published in Left Foot Forward
‘Those who have chosen to side with IS will smear opponents whatever we do.
As MPs returned to Parliament last week to overwhelmingly approve escalating British involvement in the US-led campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants ...