Interview: Alexander Thurston

Alexander Thurston, specialist in militant Islamism, discusses the history and evolution of Boko Haram. Q. Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement, your new book, offers a comprehensive history of one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. Who are Boko Haram and what are the origins of this group? Boko Haram originated in north-eastern Nigeria […]

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Interview – Mark Moyar

Acclaimed author and military strategist Dr. Mark Moyar discusses the history and current use of US special operations forces, America’s most elite soldiers. Q. Your book Oppose Any Foe was recently published. The book examines the history of U.S. special operations forces. What are the origins of America’s special operations forces and why were they created? […]

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The devil is in the detail: the problem with the UK’s legal basis for self-defence

This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy on June 30th, 2017. With a lower threshold for the use of lethal force, the government must ensure greater clarity over how it avoids individuals paying the ultimate price for UK mistakes. At the start of this year, the UK Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, outlined how the […]

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The Dangers of the UK’s Blanket No Comment Policy for Special Forces

This article was first published on RealClearDefense on July 20th, 2017. Following claims that a Special Air Service (SAS) unit “is suspected of executing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan and fabricating reports to cover up potential war crimes,” there have been a number of calls for an investigation into the actions of British troops. The Ministry […]

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