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Rethinking ethics in social-network research

The term "social network" has become commonplace, but those who use it to designate Facebook or Instagram often ignore its origin and true meaning.
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Comic explainer: what is lone-actor terrorism?

Raffaello Pantucci explains what lone-actor terrorism is, why it's effective and why we seem to be seeing more attacks that aren't clearly connected to terror networks in this long-form comic explainer.
French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

What drives instability in Africa and what can be done about it

Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.
In this photo from Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters work in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers in New York City after an al-Qaida terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

9/11 anniversary: Understanding extremist motives could stop further violence

It's been 16 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Understanding what propelled al-Qaida's attacks could help guard against further violence.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed by the Americans on June 7, 2006. Shortly after his death, his successors fulfilled his wishes by announcing the existence of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) AAP Image/Yonhap

Book extract: The Mind of the Islamic State

In an extract from his new book, The Mind of the Islamic State, Robert Manne unpacks the split between IS and Al Qaeda.
Somalia security escort Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy to a regional summit in Mogadishu, the first in 35 years. Reuters/Feisal Omar

Has Shabaab been weakened for good? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’

Al Shabaab is facing stress under increased pressure from the government and the regional states. But it should also be noted that predictions of its collapse have come and gone before

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