Cover of The Silent Minaret.
The protagonist in the novel ‘The Silent Minaret’ gets us to question that powerful political-cultural myth of being tied to nation. That is a remarkable achievement in fiction.
The War on Terror-era programme of clandestine abductions and detentions wasn't just an American initiative.
Manchester downright refuses to commemorate the 1996 IRA bombings – it's a bold political statement.
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Despite military successes against Boko Haram, Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war, and start discussions about peace building.
In the 1990s Paul Kagame of Rwanda, along with Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, were considered the democratic darlings of Africa.
Africa's democratic promise of the 1990s has lost its shine. Hopes for accountable rule have faded in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. All have blocked the path to meaningful popular empowerment.
The reporting of terrorist atrocities is polarising opinion in a way that is dangerous for the craft of journalism.
The Crusades evoke a romantic image of medieval knights, chivalry, romance and religious high-mindedness.
Representing even the Crusades as wars between Christians and Muslims is a gross oversimplification and a misreading of history.
Speaking to the nation December 6.
Winston Churchill famously suggested that: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Speaking with his characteristic mix of the compassionate and cerebral…
Terrorist groups aim to incite both terror and power-projection. Such deadly tactics also hope to spark an over-reaction that will feed into their propaganda and divide societies.
The British government's position is that this was a legitimate act of self-defence in a war zone. But there are other issues to examine.
Touchdown: Shaker Aamer’s ride home after 14 years.
The UK's last inmate at Guantanamo Bay has finally been brought home – but the matter of Britain's role in the War on Terror is by no means resolved.
Not protected by the Geneva Convention?
How a political theory became a deadly reality for aid groups.
The 7/7 memorial in London.
It can't compete with the US, but the UK became part of mega-memorial culture after the London bombings.
Court says no to government sifting through metadata.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals went beyond striking down the NSA's metadata surveillance program; the court also created a road map for Congress to balance privacy and security issues
President Barack Obama and his inner circle follow the assassination of Osama bin Laden, which made headlines worldwide but is seemingly unimportant four years on.
EPA/Pete Souza/White House handout
Memories of the killing of Osama bin Laden are fading, but the legacies of al-Qaeda and the war on terror's many 'own goals' haunt us in the form of multiplying threats and lost civil liberties.
Witness Carlos Arredondo (L) and bombing survivor Karen Brassard (R) walk out of the courthouse after Tsarnaeve’s sentencing.
All of Boston was traumatized by the attacks on the Boston Marathon in 2013. A legal scholar suggests that this meant the man accused of the bombing could not receive a fair trial here.
American al-Qaida militant Adam Gadahn in a video grab from 2008.
The death of al-Qaida propagandist and "traitor" Adam Gadahn, known as Azzam the American, got scant attention – just what the US government wanted. A scholar examines the definition of treason.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a handout photo.
REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston/Handout via Reuters
Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now faces the death penalty for his actions. A panel of scholars weighs in on the jury's decision.
Desert-colored is all the rage this year.
While the US still dominates global arms exports, Russia takes a close second as rising instability increases demand for the latest high-tech weaponry and surveillance gear.
In American Sniper, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the ‘sheepdog’ – someone who operates in a state of constant, anxious alertness against inevitable attack.
Many are decrying the film as merely conservative propaganda. But American Sniper – as with many of Eastwood's films – has a more nuanced approach that addresses modern anxieties.