Author Archives: Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim

Reflection on 9/11 

Ahead of the nineteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in America, I am reminded of how far Americans and the global world have come since that horrific incident that killed almost 3,000 innocent people in the United States. We must also remember that similar atrocities and acts of terrorism remain a daily occurrence for ordinary

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COVID-19, Misinformation and Minority Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for the international community and its economic, social and national security consequences will take years to assess, in full. With close to a million cases worldwide, and over 22,000 deaths and counting in the US alone, how to properly evaluate its impact on communities, particularly communities of color,

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Black nationalism, identity politics and homegrown extremism

On December 28th in Monsey, New York, Grafton Thomas, entered the home of a local rabbi who was celebrating Hanukkah. Armed with a large knife, he went on a stabbing spree, leaving innocent worshippers injured, including one critically. Law enforcement authorities are currently conducting their investigation and so the details we know likely will shift.

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UK Terror Attack: Rehabilitating extremists is hard, but it can be done!

This week’s terrorist attack in London by Usman Khan shows yet again why the international community must remain more vigilant than ever against extremism. Khan himself was previously convicted and sentenced to 16 years for plotting to blow up the London Stock exchange and was deeply inspired by the American ideologue, Anwar Al Awlaki.  Furthermore,

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As We Remember 9/11, The Triple Threat is on the Rise

The eighteenth anniversary of the  9/11 attacks in America is a good time to take stock of how far Americans and humanity as a whole have come from that horrific incident that killed almost 3,000 innocent people in the United States.  During this interval, the threat of transnational terrorism and violent extremism from groups like

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El Paso’s Attack is White Homegrown Violent Extremism

A 21 year old white male suspect, Patrick Crusius, has been arrested in connection with Saturday’s attack in El Paso, Texas at a shopping center, in which multiple casualties and at least 20 fatalities have taken place. This incident illustrates the steady concern that we all face in the battle against the rising tide of

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The Problem of a Single Muslim Narrative

The famed Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, delivered an insightful TED talk in 2009: “The Danger of Single Story.” In summary, she articulates the manner in which humans, our stories and lived realities are composed of many layers and overlapping stories which shape both us as individuals and the communities in which we reside. However,

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Terrorism is Thriving on Bin Laden’s Death Anniversary

Today marks 8 years since the death of Usama Bin Laden, the notorious and infamous leader of al-Qa’ida. Though the organization has suffered setbacks and has been degraded, its brand and influence continue to offer influence and carry a message even after its founder’s death. Even now, the group has been seeking to reconstitute itself,

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The Sudan Coup: Women, Youth and an Opportunity for the World

Thursday’s announcement that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the 75-year-old African leader was ousted from power after a 30 year tight fisted rule in power was refreshing news for the citizens of Sudan, Washington policymakers and international practitioners. Al-Bashir orchestrated the killing of hundreds of thousands of people from Darfur. He turned his country into a

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Lessons from domestically rehabilitating a former extremist in the US

Earlier this month I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark engaging with government, academia, media and civil society organizations to shed light on several robust approaches to combat extremism from a range of initiatives at a domestic and global level. Denmark is not alone as many other states, including the UK, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have all

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