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Monday, February 1, 2016

Issue 29

Does ISIS really differ from other terrorist groups; if so, how does its singularity complicate U.S. efforts to defeat it?
Background Essay
Background Essay

Typologies Of Terrorism

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Monday, February 1, 2016

The term “terrorism” is commonly understood as political violence outside the norms of conflicts between states. Terrorism’s victims can be innocent villains, or they can be political officials or even soldiers. More controversial is the term “terrorist.” 

Featured Commentary
Featured Commentary

Why ISIS Is Different—And Why It Matters

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Monday, February 1, 2016

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is the modern face of terror. Unlike al-Qaeda, the Irish Republican Army, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Maoists in India, the Shining Path, and other traditional terrorist organizations, ISIS refuses to lurk in the shadows. Unlike Hezbollah, Hamas, the Tamil Tigers, or the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, ISIS is not content with controlling a limited amount of territory confined to a single nation-state. 

Featured Commentary

ISIS: The Latest Phase Of The Jihad

by Raymond Ibrahimvia Strategika
Monday, February 1, 2016

The best way to understand the Islamic State (ISIS) is to see it as the next phase of al-Qaeda. All Sunni Islamic jihadi groups—Boko Haram, ISIS, Taliban, al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, even Hamas—share the same motivations based on a literal and orthodox reading of Islamic history and doctrine: resurrecting a caliphate (which existed in various forms from 632 to 1924) that implements and spreads the totality of sharia, or Islamic law.

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E.g., 2 / 8 / 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016

Issue 29

Does ISIS really differ from other terrorist groups; if so, how does its singularity complicate U.S. efforts to defeat it?

Background Essay

by Mark Moyar Monday, February 1, 2016
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Featured Commentary

by Peter R. Mansoor Monday, February 1, 2016
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by Raymond Ibrahim Monday, February 1, 2016
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Issue 28

Why is Germany a non-nuclear power and will it ever become one?

Background Essay

by Thomas Donnelly Friday, December 4, 2015
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Featured Commentary

by Josef Joffe Friday, December 4, 2015
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by Russell A. Berman Friday, December 4, 2015
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Related Commentary

by Josiah Bunting III Friday, December 4, 2015
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Issue 27

Missile Defense: Given the specter of more emerging nuclear powers, how and where should the U.S. focus its missile defense capability?

Background Essay

by Kiron K. Skinner Friday, October 30, 2015
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Featured Commentary

by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, October 30, 2015
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by Frederick W. Kagan Friday, October 30, 2015
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by Bruce Thornton Friday, October 30, 2015
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Issue 26

Arms Reduction; "Do past arms control treaties offer insight about the proposed Iran nuclear agreement?"

Background Essay

by Angelo M. Codevilla Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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Featured Commentary

by Walter Russell Mead Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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by Barry Strauss Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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by Max Boot Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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by Max Boot Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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by Max Boot Monday, August 10, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Thursday, April 2, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Thursday, July 23, 2015
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by Bruce Thornton Sunday, April 5, 2015
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by Bruce Thornton Thursday, July 16, 2015
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interview with Barry Strauss via Strategika
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Poster Collection, US 06780, Hoover Institution Archives.

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Poster Collection, US 06628, Hoover Institution Archives.

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interview with Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
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Poster Collection, UK 2779, Hoover Institution Archives.

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interview with Bing West via Strategika
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interview with Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
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interview with Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
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