Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Amira Jadoon, United States Military Academy West Point, and Andrew Mines, George Washington University An overnight raid conducted by U.S. special forces in Syria has resulted in the death of the leader of the … Continue reading Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

Tatsiana Kulakevich, University of South Florida U.S. President Joe Biden said on Jan. 19, 2022, that he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine, and cautioned Russian president Vladimir Putin that he “will regret having done it,” following months of building tension. Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months. In mid-January, Russia began moving troops into Belarus, a country bordering both Russia and Ukraine, in preparation for joint military exercises in February. Putin has issued various security demands to the U.S. before he draws his military forces back. Putin’s list includes a … Continue reading 5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

Honour and masculine pride for the country: how the Bollywood sports biopic 83 furthers India’s nationalist cause

Radhika Raghav, University of Otago Contemporary Bollywood films tend to focus on stories of the Indian underdog emerging triumphant after facing adversity or a threat from an “outsider”: the triumph of the charismatic masculine Hinduised hero who fulfils his duty, … Continue reading Honour and masculine pride for the country: how the Bollywood sports biopic 83 furthers India’s nationalist cause

How antisemitic conspiracy theories contributed to the recent hostage-taking at the Texas synagogue

Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University The man who took a rabbi and three congregants hostage in Colleyville, Texas, on Jan. 15, 2022, believed that Jews control the United States of America. He told his hostages, as one revealed in a … Continue reading How antisemitic conspiracy theories contributed to the recent hostage-taking at the Texas synagogue