July 15

A Profile of Muslim Brotherhood Leader Mohammed Badie

Mohammed Badie, the current leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and its 8th general guide, was born on 7, August 1943 in El-Mahalla El-Kubra Egypt. He graduated in 1965 from Cairo University, where he received a degree in veterinary medicine; he later went on to receive a doctorate in veterinary medicine form Zagazig University in 1979. […]

July 10

A Profile of the Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, better known by his nom de guerre, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the former head of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and now the Caliph Ibrahim of the Islamic State. It is believed that Baghdadi was born in 1971 somewhere near Samarra Iraq. Not much is known […]

July 07

The Potential Implications of Foreign Support for the Syrian Opposition

Introduction Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, the international community has shown its staunch support for the insurgency despite its radical leanings. This can be attributed to the fact that many states are using certain elements of the Syrian insurgency as proxies in pursuing their various strategic objectives. According to a Washington Post article […]

May 01

Applying Thomas P.M. Barnett’s “The Pentagon’s New Map” Strategy to the Nigerian Security Dilemma

Over the years it has been proven that there is a direct link between failed/failing states and terrorism.  These states provide terrorists safe-haven due to a lack of rule of law and because the host state authorities are simply unable to target these groups effectively. Empirical analysis has shown that there is indeed a direct […]

April 28

Nigerian Finance Minister Indicates New Counterinsurgency (COIN) Focus

Ahead of the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja Nigeria, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, recently acknowledged the fact that Boko Haram has become a serious menace which may threaten the nation’s economic growth. One could take this acknowledgement in a negative way; using it is as proof that Boko Haram has become […]

April 21

Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: a Clear Violation of International Law

The Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea is a clear breach of international law. This is evidenced by the international legal principles of jus cogens (peremptory norms) and jus ad bellum. Russia’s behavior is both a violation acceptable international norms and an act of aggression for which there is no justification. When we look at the […]

April 17

Increasing the Effectiveness of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Efforts Both Home and Abroad

Following 9/11, the United States realized that to better target terrorist networks and organized crime syndicates, a stronger anti-money laundering (AML) system needed to be implemented. This resulted in the USA Patriot Act including measures which required all financial institutions to implement effective AML programs to help fortify U.S. counter-terrorist financing (CTF) efforts. This effort […]