Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi in Anbar province, May 14, 2015. Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the provincial government compound in the city of Ramadi in western Iraq on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The insurgents attacked Ramadi overnight using six suicide car bombs to reach the city centre, where the Anbar governorate compound is located, police sources said. Picture taken May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

The Taking of Ramadi: Behind ISIS’s Bloody Assault

Riyadh Mohammed interviewed me for the The Fiscal Times and Yahoo. His piece discusses the recent successes by ISIS in the city of Ramadi. Almost a year after the fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, ISIS has captured Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, Anbar, where 1,300 American soldiers and Marines died during…


Palestinian ICC Membership: A Political Perspective

In this interview, Tim Goudriaan and I discuss Palestinian ICC Membership from a political perspective. We touch on the reasons for the Palestinians to join the ICC; the relationships between Fatah and Hamas on the issue; the effects for Palestinians on the local level; and offers expectations on how the situation may evolve in the…

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On Torture, Terrorism and Accountability

The Senate Report on the CIA’s use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques – or just plain torture – has shocked many. Despite the fact that much of these revelations where not new, it will still have an important legacy on global politics and counter-terrorism practices in the future. The report is an important document for several…