White Supremacists and Far-Right Conspiracies

While I’ve been gone… Apologies for the long absence! While I’ve been gone, I’ve been focused on what has turned out to be extremely important parts of the terrorist landscape: white supremacy and far-right conspiracies. My usual area of interest lies in the rhetorical strategies of Islamist extremists like al-Qaeda and ISIS, but there’s actuallyContinue reading “White Supremacists and Far-Right Conspiracies”

The strange case of Zachary Chesser: (online) homegrown radicalization at its best

The Muslim Ban Part 2 and Stephen Miller’s “holy war” The Muslim Ban has been struck down by the federal court system, but not because it is ineffective in stopping terrorist attacks on United States’ soil (something discussed in the last blog post) , but because it is unconstitutional (and it is). However, many membersContinue reading “The strange case of Zachary Chesser: (online) homegrown radicalization at its best”

How does a Muslim ban help fight terrorism?

The Muslim Ban I’ll give you a hint to the answer of the question in the title: it doesn’t help at all. The reasons for this are more complex than many existing analyses have made it seem, however. The discussion so far has traced the ineffectiveness of the ban to the fact that it givesContinue reading “How does a Muslim ban help fight terrorism?”

Why examine Islamist terrorism and (U.S.) counterterrorist strategies?

Why are we here? Who am I? By popular request from folks trying to understand why the strategies being implemented by the Trump administration will backfire and allow for more recruitment by terrorist organizations, I’m writing a short series of (hopefully) easy to understand posts that address this issue. Those of you who know meContinue reading “Why examine Islamist terrorism and (U.S.) counterterrorist strategies?”