Can a Defectors Program Bring Peace to Nigeria?

Written by: Mollie Crook The United States State Department is projected to invest millions in an effort to de-radicalize Nigerian fighters. This project will be the jumping point for the fight against terrorism around the world. Boko Haram, an anti-West terrorists group has been tormenting its people by recruiting young impressionable men and violently killing…

Trump in Syria: An Update

Written by: Rebecca Hanks The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 as protests against President Bashar Al-Assad. Civil unrest quickly transformed into all-out proxy war between rebel groups supported by the United States and Turkey, among others, and the Syrian government under President Assad, who is supported by Russia and Iran. The ensuing chaos provided…

Small Terrorist Attack in France Adds to Big Debate

Written by: Julie Schneiburg  On Friday, March 23th,  tragedy struck in Trèbes, France, a small town that lies roughly 60 miles southeast of Toulouse. Islamic extremist Radouane Lakdim, a French-Moroccan of dual citizenship, first hijacked a car where he shot and wounded the driver and killed a passenger. He then proceeded to leave the car…

The Horror of Being Kidnapped: How Nigerian Government Should Respond

Written by: Ilana Friedman April 14th, 2014 was a day of horror for the 250 girls who were seized from their school by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram translates to “Western education is forbidden,” expressing hatred the group has for Western culture. Some girls, as young as eleven, have been able…

Understanding the United States’ Complex Relationship with Pakistan

Written by: Alex El Ghaoui The United States’ complex, dramatic, and unpredictable relationship with Pakistan took yet another turn on February 14th, 2018 as it announced it will seek to place Pakistan on a list of countries that are not doing enough to combat terrorist financing. The list, created and managed by the Financial Action…

EU Strengthens Military Operations in Times of Tension

Written by: Emily Janicik With confusion and uncertainty clouding the future of the European Union after Brexit and increasing terrorist attacks, conflicting signs of the EU strengthening have emerged.  On Nov. 13th 2017, 23 out of the 28 member countries agreed to merge military funding, specifically for equipment, research, and development. The agreement, known as…