The IS 'caliphate' centred on Mosul, had its own justice system served, efficiently, by its own police force.
Comparisons between Begum's Islamic garb and her new wardrobe suggest that Muslim women's "liberation" depends on westernisation.
Canada needs a better framework to understand and analyze the participation of women who marry ISIS soldiers — and find ways to hold them accountable
Attacks on churches and targeted killings of Christians began as Iraq descended into sectarian violence after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The trans-Tasman diplomatic stand-off is complicated by the fate of two young children. Their rights will be central to resolving the situation.
Although Niger's quest for entrenching democracy is a good development, poverty and insecurity are obstacles.
The latest scandal to hit news media involves Rukmini Callimachi, the journalist behind the New York Times podcast "Caliphate." The scandal spotlights the dynamic between reporters and "fixers."
President Trump has claimed the Islamic State was completely defeated on his watch – but an analysis of government maps and other reports shows his administration did only half the work.
The need for security agencies and the media to view and present Islam and Muslims as constant potential threats feeds into a dangerously violent and deadly Islamophobia.
The Islamic State is asking its followers to worsen the global pandemic, and its fighters are celebrating the toll disease and racism are taking on US society.
To stem the spread of COVID-19, Turkey is releasing 90,000 prison inmates. Not on the list for release: tens of thousands of academics, journalists and others the regime sees as political threats.
Criminal gangs, insurgents and terrorist groups seek to protect the people in the areas they govern, when a central government's power is weak or nonexistent.
The Islamic State group, often called ISIS, is not just based in Iraq and Syria. A scholar tracks where the group and its affiliates have spread around the globe.
Trump recently warned Iran that the US could target its cultural sites. Many of Iran's cultural sites carry deep religious meaning for a global Shii community and such a threat risks alienating them.
Distrust of the US – even if misplaced – can linger for decades, thwarting Washington’s foreign policy goals. A former US diplomat in Iraq reflects on that country's skepticism of US aid efforts.
The EU’s rhetoric after Turkey’s military incursion in Syria has not been backed by concrete action or a persuasive engagement with Erdogan’s government.
After a foreign policy win, presidents usually enjoy a short-term poll boost. But that's often followed by a long-term decline.
DNA testing gives limited information about whether people are likely to be related. But even if we overcame the many practical and legal hurdles to implementing it, what's the point?
We cannot underestimate the capacity for reinvention, resilience and the enduring appeal of IS.
It will take a global effort to slow the rise in
atrocities against religious groups.