Not Convinced a Gender Perspective Matters to Today’s Political Activism? Meet the Proud Boys (and their “Girls”)

By Sarah Kenny, Senior Program Assistant, WIIS Global August 1, 2019   During the summer of 2017, violent activists associated with the “Proud Boys” twice terrorized the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. This organization’s second visit to my college town took place in conjunction with neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and far-right activists from across the United States […]

Women in Al-Shabaab through a New War’s Lens

By  Phoebe Donnelly When we read or hear about Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, we rarely learn about women inside the group. [1] When we envision a member of Al-Shabaab we envision a man, and the group is seen as composed only of men. Women are not primarily in combat or leadership roles, and yet Al-Shabaab relies heavily […]

We want to be ‘Returned’ too! Gender and Reintegration of Returnees in Kenya

By Margaret Monyani In the last decade, Kenya has experienced numerous terrorist attacks. Initially, it was assumed that a terrorist is typically a ‘Muslim foreigner,’ which is why much of government counter-terrorism efforts focused on securing borders and adopting stringent immigration policies and measures. However, since 2003 it was apparent that even local non-Muslims as […]

The Qatari Crisis and the Fight Against ISIS

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed an air, land, and sea blockade against the tiny Gulf nation. Shortly thereafter, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, the Maldives, the Hadi government in Yemen, and the Haftar government in Libya followed suit, joining the Saudi-led bloc against Qatar. Despite […]

Yemen’s Fate at Stake

(Photo: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) By: Bushra AL-Huthi As the war in Yemen continues to tear the country apart, the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, set December 15, 2015 as the start date for a new seven-day series of peace talks in Geneva. The talks brought together representatives of the Houthis, the General People’s […]

Financing the terror of Boko Haram

By Sophie Jacobs The prevention of terror attacks by limiting financing is becoming more and more prevalent as the financing of terror becomes a global activity and money moves ever more fluidly throughout bank accounts worldwide. Successful operations targeting terror financing have harmed groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda as well as the charities […]

What You Need to Know about the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Anonymous Since the beginning of this year, but primarily immediately and after President Obama’s speech about the administration’s planned shift of trajectory with regards to its counterterrorism strategy, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has been of great debate as a basis of not only the counterterrorism strategy but the basis in HOW […]

Women in Combat: Gender and the Cost of War

Jill Zabel In January 2013, the Department of Defense officially opened combat roles to women for the first time. To some degree, this policy change is merely a formality: women have long been serving in combat roles, particularly in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, out of necessity. But in other ways, this policy is a […]