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Muslims in Europe or Muslims of Europe?

Muslims in Europe or Muslims of Europe?

Muslims in the West & Western Muslims

The presence of Muslims in Europe and the social and cultural phenomenon of migration and multiculturalism in the Mediterranean should be discussed altogether. Germany and France are the two European countries that host a larger number of Muslim people: either old date and new migrants, or people born and...

11 May 2015

Signing up not routing round: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the global economic order

Signing up not routing round: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the global economic order

Global Economy

Normally the investiture of a new regional economic organisation barely raises a murmur. That the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese sponsored development bank designed to finance solutions to the region’s overwhelming infrastructural shortcomings, has been greeted with such fanfare reflects the widespread belief that it is...

28 Apr 2015

Use and Potentials of Counter-Optical Lasers in Riots and Terrorism

Use and Potentials of Counter-Optical Lasers in Riots and Terrorism

Terrorism Futures Series

This essay in the TRENDS counter-terrorism futures series focuses on LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) effects on human vision and activities in the context of riots and terrorism. Both the use and potentials of counter-optical lasers—that is, lasers utilized so as to disrupt and degrade human...

21 Apr 2015

Lethal Victims: Child Recruitment in Terrorist Organizations

Lethal Victims: Child Recruitment in Terrorist Organizations

Children & Extremism

Upon his death, bin Laden’s documents reveal admissions pertaining to Al Qaeda having turned its focus towards “luring and preparing the youth.” Indeed, the indoctrination and abuse of children in terrorist activities is no new phenomenon. Among others, we have seen similar instances, in East Africa with the Lords...

14 Apr 2015

Just Do Something! The Security Paradox in Counter-terror Strategy

Just Do Something! The Security Paradox in Counter-terror Strategy

Security & Counter-terrorism

Over the past six months, terrorist violence has occurred almost simultaneously in many regions of the world. The casual observer may be overwhelmed by these threats and demand that “something be done” to punish those responsible and stop future acts of violence.  A counter-terror doctrine must simultaneously make people...

12 Apr 2015

De Facto Women’s Citizenship in the Arab State and in Family Settings: a Historical Perspective

De Facto Women’s Citizenship in the Arab State and in Family Settings: a Historical Perspective

Women Citizenship

“Woman” has not merely been the second gender throughout human history, but also a crucial social category on which forms of behavioral control have been imposed in the name of a nation, political independence, economic progress, or, simply, in the name of God (Donzelot, 1997; Altorki, 2000). Law has...

09 Apr 2015

Art and Destruction in the Trivialization Era

Art and Destruction in the Trivialization Era

Artistic Vandalism

The art-violence binary has widely been discussed in the literature and in the mass media in terms of aesthetic representation of political and social violence. In light of the recent destruction of ancient artifacts and manuscripts – original and non – in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the...

29 Mar 2015

Close to the Body and Body Cavity Suicide Bombs

Close to the Body and Body Cavity Suicide Bombs

Body Cavity Suicide Bombs

The variation in human borne suicide bomb types used by terrorist organizations is much broader than is typically realized due to a number of iterations that have taken place over the course of decades. In this installment of the terrorism futures series, the more specialized close to the body...

18 Mar 2015

The challenges of Civic Education in a Globalized World

The challenges of Civic Education in a Globalized World

Global Education

Civic education faces many challenges and it is a major concern for those interested in the overall wellbeing of the citizenry in the twenty first century. Effective citizenship includes the knowledge, ability and character to engage peacefully and constructively across cultural differences in order to achieve sustainable human-environmental interactions....

12 Mar 2015

Security and Development: Questioning ‘righting wrongs’ strategies and the role of the international community

Security and Development: Questioning ‘righting wrongs’ strategies and the role of the international community

Security & Development

Last March 8, David Malone, a Canadian career diplomat and an international development and security scholar, gave a talk at the New York University of Abu Dhabi to discuss the changing role of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in conflicts and new possibilities for development assistance in the...

11 Mar 2015

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Discourse for the Creation of the Ummah

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Discourse for the Creation of the Ummah

ISIS Discourse

On the 4 July 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided a sermon through which he formally declared the establishment of the ISIS Caliphate and himself as the self-proclaimed Caliph. The discourse utilized by al-Baghdadi during that sermon creates a new communal identity from a worldwide Muslim population (Ummah) who may...

08 Mar 2015

Jordan and Daesh: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

Jordan and Daesh: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

Economics & Daesh

Thousands of Jordanians – including the country’s Queen Rania – took to the streets of the capital Amman February 6. They were protesting the burning alive of the Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh by Daesh and showing their support for the Jordanian government’s vow to “eliminate and wipe Daesh out completely.” Does such...

26 Feb 2015

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