Can Extremists Be De-Radicalized?

Can Extremists Be De-Radicalized?

In August, the George Washington University hired Jesse Morton, a former Al Qaeda sympathizer. As a research fellow in the university’s program on Extremism, Morton now helps the university combat extremism in the West by devising strategies to counter the radicalization of individuals prone to commit acts of terrorism. Born...

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Little Kurdistan, USA

Little Kurdistan, USA

Driving down Nolensville Pike, look left to see the Nashville Speedway. Look just past the track and an unassuming warehouse comes into view: the al-Mahdi Islamic Center. There are eleven thousand cultural Kurds residing in Nashville, by far the largest such community in America. These refugees hail from the geo-cultural...

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Why I Support Trump

Why I Support Trump

In the current election cycle, Donald Trump is poised to become the Republican Party presidential nominee, as he is the only candidate who can realistically secure the number of delegates required to avoid a contested convention in July. Even with Senator Cruz’s victory in Utah, the momentum is still clearly...

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Chris Christie’s Trump Endorsement Shows the GOP’s Ideological State of Emergency

Governor Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump was appalling to say the least. Chris Christie went from the moderate, supposed “Republican in Name Only,” representing a segment of the Republican Party that was supposed to be pragmatic and tempered in its conservatism to endorsing a presidential campaign that has been endorsed...

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Islamophobia: America’s Undeniable Blemish

Islamophobia: America’s Undeniable Blemish

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation…I absolutely would not agree with that”  “So Muslims will go to the mosque, and they will have their day of prayer, and they come out of there like uncorked animals – throwing rocks and burning cars”...

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“The attacks…have been real” – VPR Interviews Carol Swain

This interview with Vanderbilt Professor Carol Swain appears in VPR’s Spring 2015 issue. The interview is prefaced by a brief introduction written by the interviewer Darby Hobbs, a member of VPR’s editorial staff. On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, two gunmen forced their way into the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and...

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