Geography professor provides perspective on ISIS

Fri, Jan 29, 2016 - 8:17pm

By Asad Hasan

Growing influence/Power of ISIS in India, North Africa and Saudi Arabia:

On India: The question of whether ISIS poses a real threat to India or is the right-wing Hindutva government simply using the ISIS ‘card’ to harass Muslims in India requires recognition of the fact that the answer to this is not a very straightforward one. The fact remains that India’s ruling political party, the BJP, thrives under conditions of communal polarization. In fact, speeches during election rallies, prior to polling, are designed to create tensions between Muslims and Hindus in order to...

Eyewitness Accounts From Recent Defectors From Islamic State: Why they Joined, What they Saw, Why they Quit

Tue, Dec 22, 2015 - 4:13pm

by Anne Speckhard and Ahmed S. Yayla

The Islamic State (IS) is the most powerful, ruthless, horrific and well-funded terrorist group in recent history. Not only has ISIS managed to take and control a significant swathe of territory, it has become a de-facto state. Since their 2014 claim of establishing a Caliphate, ISIS has also unleashed an unprecedented and prolific social media recruiting drive that has enabled them to attract up to 30,000 foreign fighters from more than one hundred countries. A steady stream of fighters continues to enter Syria and Iraq on a daily basis--with some estimates placing their number at over...

Geography professor gives his perspective on ISIS and Russia-Turkey dispute

Sat, Nov 28, 2015 - 9:49am

On possible rise of ISIS in India: The ‘lone wolf’ phenomena could happen just about anywhere in the world, so there is not much to add to this in the Indian context. But I do think that there are certain contexts that we should be mindful of in understanding implications for radical Islamist Ideas in India. First, a large number of Indian Muslims, devoid of employment opportunities in India in the organized sectors of the economy, have been working in the Middle East for the past several decades. While living and providing labor in countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE and many others, they have come in contact with...