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French President Emmanuel Macron with French troops during his 2017 visit to France’s Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Gao, northern Mali. EFE-EPA/Christopher Petit Tesson/Pool

UN and African Union key to public support for French military operations in Africa

French policymakers understand that sharing the burdens of military operations with global partners can help boost flagging support at home.
Unemployed Blackjewel coal miners, their family members and activists man a blockade along railroad tracks leading to their old mine on Aug. 23, 2019, in Cumberland, Kentucky. Scott Olson/Getty Images

How the quest for significance and respect underlies the white supremacist movement, conspiracy theories and a range of other problems

The quest for significance and respect is a universal part of human nature. It has the potential to inspire great works – but lately, it has been much in evidence tearing society apart.
A visitor looks at the faces of some of the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma National Memorial museum in Oklahoma City. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

19 years after 9/11, Americans continue to fear foreign extremists and underplay the dangers of domestic terrorism

The Sept. 11 bombings killed almost 3,000 Americans. But if you exclude that unique event for the last two decades of terrorist activity, a different picture of US vulnerability appears.
Newspaper headlines the day after the 2017 terrorist attack in Westminster, London in which Khalid Masood killed at least three people. Shutterstock

How Muslim leaders can respond in an age of extremism

Viewing Muslims as ‘other’ just makes the problem worse – but research has some solutions.
A protest in Toulouse in January 2016 against the state of emergency in France. Gyrostat/Wikimedia

The fight against terrorism: the rule of uncertainty?

Weakening the institutional as well as the symbolic functioning of the rule of law has the consequence of introducing new “risks”, and thus creating more insecurity.

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