Middle East and North Africa

Satoshi Ikeuchi: Impact of the Islamic State and Global Jihadism

Satoshi Ikeuchi, a Wilson Center Japan Scholar in the Asia Program from October to December of 2009, is an associate professor at the University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology. His research at the Center focused on examining American Middle East policy in the initial months of the Obama administration.  Ikeuchi was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2010. Prior to his time at the Center, he was an associate professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

Iraq's Victory in Kirkuk a Harbinger of More Conflict

After the September 25 referendum in which over 92 percent of participants voted in favor of Kurdistan’s independence, Baghdad moved swiftly to reassert control over the contested areas its troops had abandoned in the face of the ISIS onslaught in July 2014—areas which the Kurds had subsequently occupied.

Inside Terrorism

Bruce Hoffman’s classic book, Inside Terrorism, has remained the seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. This new edition maps terrorism’s historical trajectory from its ancient origins through the 19th and 20th Centuries to the rise of ISIS and stubborn resilience of al Qaeda.

The War on ISIS: U.S. Success without a Payoff

The United States has played a central role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but even as the organization rapidly loses control of its remaining territory, the United States has little to show for its efforts. On the contrary, the success is mostly benefiting the United States’ adversaries.

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