Why would Islamic State attack unarmed civilians in Paris? The geopolitics of terrorism.
It's now been just about a year since the United States went to war with the Islamic State, which is commonly called ISIL by the Obama administration or ISIS by everyone else who feels awkward about using IS's self-declared name. Here at Geopolitics Made Super, I don't shy away from using the very name IS … Continue reading One Year Later, We Must Still Ask, “Who the Hell is ISIS?”
To secure itself, the Islamic State must destroy its nearest Sunni Arab rivals, and Saudi Arabia is a tempting target.
Defeating the Islamic State will require all the brutality of World War II and all the subtly of the Cold War. Here's how now the guide to the conditions that must be present before the Islamic State is defeated.
Iraq looks more failed by the day; when will it make sense to break it up? Only when it's overwhelmingly obvious.
The Islamic State proposes a truce, of sorts. Here's why that makes geopolitical sense, and the tale of how revolutions must betray themselves to survive.
For those who have heard but don't really know, here's the what what of Syria's nasty civil war.
The December 1 killing of an American teacher in Abu Dhabi was proper terrorism, but why her, and why Abu Dhabi? Herein we go!
The air war on the Islamic State won't work, and this is why.
Welcome to a world of imagination! So you go to bed one night and you wake up the next day in the body of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the leader of ISIS. Now you might think you can imagine your way out of this scenario, since we're in a land of magic and wonder, but much like the … Continue reading The view from Raqqa: The many, many challenges of the Islamic State