RSIS Commentary is a platform to provide timely and, where appropriate, policy-relevant commentary and analysis of topical and contemporary issues. The authors’ views are their own and do not represent the official position of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. These commentaries may be reproduced with prior permission from RSIS and due recognition … Continue reading
Kumar Ramakrishna and Stephanie Neubronner (2017), “Engaging Youth as a Bulwark Against ISIS Extremism”, RSIS Commentary, no. 065, 7 April. Click here for original link. Synopsis ISIS considers psychologically vulnerable youth as a strategic resource to be exploited. It is thus important for governments, civil society and businesses to harness youth as a bulwark against … Continue reading
International Crisis Group (2017), Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid, Special Report no. 3, 22 March. Click here to download or read the full report. Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set to make counter-terrorism a centrepiece of his foreign … Continue reading
Click here for original link. John Horgan, Mary Beth Altier, Neil Shortland & Max Taylor (2017), “Walking away: the disengagement and de-radicalization of a violent right-wing extremist”, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Volume 9, Issue 2. Abstract This article presents a case study of one individual’s trajectory through violent right-wing extremism in the USA. Drawing … Continue reading
Haroro J. Ingram (2017), “An Analysis of Inspire and Dabiq: Lessons from AQAP and Islamic State’s Propaganda War”, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40:5, 357-375. Click here to view article. Abstract This study analyzes how Inspire and Dabiq seek to appeal to and radicalize English-Speaking Muslims. It examines how each magazine strategically designs ingroup, Other, … Continue reading
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Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (2017), “Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists“, IPAC Report no. 35. Click here also to download.
Click here to download. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Rohan Gunaratna, Megha Sarmah, Patrick Rueppel (eds.) (2016), Countering Daesh Extremism European and Asian Responses, Panorama: Insights into Asian and Eurapean Affairs, 2/2016, Singapore: Konrad Adeneur Stiftung-RSIS. Contents Preface The Islamic State’s Eastward Expansion, Rohan Gunaratna Countering Daesh Extremism in South Asia, Ajai Sahni Challenges and Prospects for Daesh in Afghanistan and … Continue reading
Brandon Colas (2017), “What Does Dabiq Do? ISIS Hermeneutics and Organizational Fractures within Dabiq Magazine”, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40:3, 173-190. Abstract The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s flagship English-language magazine, Dabiq, is a puzzle. The magazine is not, despite appearances, primarily designed for direct recruiting efforts or inciting violence against the … Continue reading
Lorne L. Dawson & Amarnath Amarasingam (2017), “Talking to Foreign Fighters: Insights into the Motivations for Hijrah to Syria and Iraq”, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40:3, 191-210. Abstract Little of the discussion of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq is informed by primary data derived from talking with the foreign fighters. This article reports … Continue reading