Commentaries

 

Our editorials about radicalization and extremism regularly appear in publications around the country, educating and resonating with policymakers, law enforcement officials, and the general public.


Caliph Abu Unknown: Succession and the Legitimacy in the Islamic State
Authored by Haroro Ingram and Craig Whiteside
War on the Rocks
November 25, 2019
 

The Fractured Terrorism Threat to America
Authored by Seamus Hughes and Devorah Margolin
Lawfare
November 10, 2019
 

Islamic State Affiliate Seeks to Expand in Afghanistan
Authored by Andrew Mines and Amira Jadoon
Lawfare
October 23, 2019
 

When Pain is Thicker Than Blood: Surviving Scourge and Purifying the Ranks
Authored by Asaad Almohammad and Jon Lewis
Foreign Policy Research Institute
September 26, 2019
 

How to act against domestic terrorists — and their foreign supporters
Authored by Haroro Ingram and Jon Lewis
The Hill
September 15, 2019
 

Taking Aim: Islamic State Khorasan's Leadership Losses
Authored by Amira Jadoon and Andrew Mines
CTC Sentinel
September 2019
 

It’s Not Only Iraq and Syria
Authored by Seamus Hughes and Jon Lewis
Lawfare
August 23, 2019
 

A Review of Transatlantic Best Practices for Countering Radicalisation in Prisons and Terrorist Recidivism

Authored by Lorenzo Vidino and Bennett Clifford

Europol

July 13, 2019
 

De-Platforming and the Online Extremist’s Dilemma

Authored by Bennett Clifford and Helen Christy Powell

Lawfare

June 6, 2019

 

From Battlefront to Cyberspace: Demystifying the Islamic State's Propaganda Machine

Authored by Asaad Almohammad and Charlie Winter

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

June 5, 2019
 

The Guerrilla ‘Caliph’: Speeches that Bookend the Islamic State’s ‘Caliphate’ Era

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram, Craig Whiteside, and Charlie Winter

CTC Sentinel

May 29, 2019
 

Erdogan’s Long Arm in Europe
Authored by Lorenzo Vidino
Foreign Policy
May 7, 2019


Doxing and Defacements: Examining the Islamic State’s Hacking Capabilities

Authored by Audrey Alexander and Bennett Clifford

CTC Sentinel

April 26, 2019
 

Destination Jihad: Italy’s Foreign Fighters

Authored by Francesco Marone and Lorenzo Vidino

ICCT

March 19, 2019
 

Jihadist ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Appeals: Propaganda Wars for the Moral High Ground

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram 

ICCT

March 14, 2019
 

A Practical Guide to the First Rule of CTCVE

Authored by Alastair G. Reed and Haroro J. Ingram

ICCT

March 18, 2019
 

Trump’s Domestic Countering Violent Extremism Policies Look a Lot Like Obama’s

Authored by Seamus Hughes and Haroro J. Ingram

Lawfare

March 10, 2019
 

Do Great Nations Fight Endless Wars? Against the Islamic State, They Might

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram and Craig Whiteside

War on the Rocks 

February 25, 2019
 

Sixteen-Year-Old American Islamic State Fighter Reportedly Captured in Syria

Authored by Seamus Hughes and Bennett Clifford

Lawfare

January 9, 2019
 

The Story of an American Islamic State Member Allegedly Captured in Syria

Authored by Seamus Hughes and Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens

Lawfare

January 6, 2019
 

Strasbourg shooting: Why known extremists can carry out terror attacks

Authored by Lorenzo Vidino

BBC News

December 15, 2018

 

United States v. Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab: A Case Study on Transnational Prosecutions of Jihadi Foreign Fighter Networks

Authored by Seamus Hughes and Bennett Clifford

CTC Sentinel 

December 14, 2018

 

Confronting America’s Violent Extremists: A Terrorism Prevention Strategy for the Homeland

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram

Foreign Policy Research Institute

November 26, 2018

 

Rethinking “Prison Radicalisation” – Lessons from the U.S. Federal Correctional System

Authored by Bennett Clifford 

ICCT

November 16, 2018

 

The Caliph's Role in the (un)Surprising Resilience of the Islamic State

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram and Craig Whiteside

Foreign Policy Research Institute

October 25, 2018

 

Treatment of Terrorists: How Does Gender Affect Justice?

Authored by Audrey Alexander

CTC Sentinel

September 10, 2018

 

Prosecuting the Islamic State Fighters Left Behind

Authored by Jenna Consigli

Lawfare

August 1, 2018

 

A Brief Update on Ethnic Georgian Foreign Fighters in the Islamic State

Authored by Bennett Clifford

Jihadology

July 31, 2018 

 

The Cup and the Caliphate: Russia’s Counterterrorism Operations Before Major Sporting Events and the Global Jihadist Movement

Authored by Bennett Clifford 

Lawfare

June 22, 2018

 

America’s Terrorism Problem Doesn’t End with Prison—It Might Just Begin There

Authored by Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes

Lawfare

June 17, 2018

 

“That is what the terrorists want”: Media as amplifier or disrupter of violent extremist propaganda

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram 

ICCT 

May 22, 2018

 

Gray Media Under the Black and White Banner

Authored by Audrey Alexander and Helen Christy Powell 

Lawfare 

May 6, 2018

 

“Trucks, Knives, Bombs, Whatever:” Exploring Pro-Islamic State Instructional Material on Telegram

Authored by Bennett Clifford 

CTC Sentinel

May 2018

 

Whose Responsibility is it to Confront Terrorism Online?

Authored by Seamus Hughes

Lawfare

April 27, 2018

 

Reverse-Engineering The ISIS Playbook, Part II: CT-CVE Messaging Lessons From ISIS's English-Language Magazines 

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram 

Vox Pol

April 18, 2018

 

Reverse-Engineering The ISIS Playbook, Part I: CT-CVE Messaging Lessons From ISIS's English-Language Magazines

Authored by Haroro J. Ingram and Alastair Reed 

Vox Pol

April 13, 2018

 

Hyperlinked Sympathizers: URLs and the Islamic State

Authored by Samantha Weirman and Audrey Alexander

Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 

March 26, 2018

 

The Only Islamic State-Funded Plot in the U.S.: The Curious Case of Mohamed Elshinawy

Authored by Seamus Hughes

Lawfare

March 7, 2018

 

Terror, Online and Off: Recent Trends in Islamic State Propaganda Operations 

Authored by Charlie Winter and Haroro J. Ingram 

War on the Rocks 

March 2, 2018

 

Marginalizing Violent Extremism Online
Authored by Audrey Alexander and William Braniff
The Atlantic
January 21, 2018

A New American Leader Rises in ISIS
Authored by Seamus Hughes and Bennett Clifford
The Atlantic
January 13, 2018

First He Became an American—Then He Joined ISIS
Authored by Seamus Hughes, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, and Bennett Clifford
The Atlantic
May 25, 2017

How to fight ISIS online
Authored by Audrey Alexander
Foreign Affairs
April 7, 2017

The Threat to the United States from the Islamic State’s Virtual Entrepreneurs
Authored by Seamus Hughes and Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens
CTC Sentinel
March 9, 2017

The Muslim Brotherhood: Terrorists or Not?
Authored by Mokhtar Awad and Samuel Tadros
The Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2017

Why the United States Should Be as Circumspect as the British about the Muslim Brotherhood
Authored by Lorenzo Vidino
Lawfare
February 12, 2017

Islamic State is successfully radicalizing Americans. How do we stop them?
Authored by Seamus Hughes
LA Times
May 18, 2016

The Islamic State's Pyramid Scheme: Egyptian Expansion and the Giza Governorate Cell
Authored by Mokhtar Awad
CTC Sentinel
April 2016

Egypt's New Radicalism: The Muslim Brotherhood and Jihad
Authored by Mokhtar Awad
Foreign Affairs
February 4, 2016

Material Support or Bust
Authored by Seamus Hughes
The Brookings Institute 
August 31, 2015

Fax Machine Radicalization: A Menace
Authored by Seamus Hughes
War on the Rocks
July 23, 2015

How to stop ISIS from recruiting American teens
Authored by Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes
Washington Post
June 17, 2015

Explaining the Lack of an American Domestic Counter-radicalization Strategy
Authored by Lorenzo Vidino
Understanding Deradicalization: Pathways to Enhance Transatlantic Common Perceptions and Practices, Middle East Institute
June 10, 2015

Sharia4: From Confrontational Activism to Militancy
Authored by Lorenzo Vidino
Perspectives on Terrorism, Terrorism Research Initiative
April 2015