A Hollow Victory in the Battle for Fallujah?

For two years, Fallujah has been occupied by the Islamic State. The city of 300,000 is situated just 40 miles outside of Baghdad. For the past month, Iraqi security forces and allied militias (along with American backing) have mounted a military campaign to ro...

How the Islamic State Came to Libya

The Islamic state is seemingly on the ascent in Libya. It controls territory, including the coastal city of Sirte, and over the past several weeks it has launched a series of spectacular attacks in Libya and Tunisia.So how did ISIS gain a foothold in L...

Could Instability in Libya Bring Down Tunisia?

There is trouble on Tunisia's southern border.Instability in Libya, which is fast becoming an ISIS redoubt, could cause serious discord in Tunisia, which despite it's challenges stands alone as the single Arab Spring success. So, could Libya bring Tunisia ...

ISIS Faces Big Setback in Iraq

Iraqi’s Kurds scored a major victory today, retaking the Northern Iraqi City of Sinjar from ISIS. Kurdish troops, known as Peshmerga, spent two days fighting to reclaim Sinjar’s fifty square miles of territory with the support of US airstrikes. Sinjar is a key...

Episode 57: Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern was a mid level National Security Council staffer when Hollywood literally came calling. Nicole Kidman portrayed a fictionalized version of her work as a nuclear security analyst in the Clinton White House in the film "The Peacemaker" (also starr...