Author Archives: Scott Chipolina

Al Qaeda’s Resurgence Is a Symptom of our Failure to Understand Islamist Terrorism

Since 2014 the Islamic State (or ‘IS’) has placed their bid as the global sponsor for jihad. The group has achieved a historic success during its time, namely, becoming the first terrorist organisation to hold vast territory. Most of the world’s attention has focused on how the group has since lost the vast majority of

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Trump’s America: Offering Renewed Vigour to Terrorism’s Recruitment Engine

Earlier this month I wrote about how Trump’s version of American exceptionalism indulges in the rights of American power, and simultaneously retreats from the international responsibilities that America has so often been proud to accept. To understand Trump’s view on America’s international role, is to understand his policies. This dichotomy of power over responsibility is

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Turning Back on the World: Trump and the American Exception

As an idea, American exceptionalism is unique. It remains the single most unifying concept in American politics. Across the political spectrum from the resurgent left to the alt-right, all agree that America is exceptional. The foundational view is that the United States is exceptional because it was born from an idea. As Deudney & Meiser

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Why the Muslim World Must Stand Up For Xinjiang’s Uighurs

China’s Xinjiang province is home to approximately 8 million ethnically Muslim Uighurs, making up just under half of the 19 million strong population. August 2018 saw the publication of a UN report stating that roughly 1 million Uighurs are being held in ‘counter-extremism centres’ in the region. The human rights abuses occurring here are well

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