JHI on the Issues 2016: What is Radical Islam?

JHI on the Issues 2016:  What is Radical Islam?

Islam is a faith of over one billion people worldwide, including over three million in the United States, the vast majority of whom reject the radical worldviews and tactics of Sunni groups like al Qaeda and ISIS and Shi’a groups like Hezbollah.  At the same time, it is fair to say that the ideology that motivates and inspires groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS has deep roots in longstanding radical Islamist theology, as does the ideology that underpins the Iranian revolutionary state and its terrorist proxies.  It is these extremist interpretations of Islam that create, for their adherents, a narrative of unrelenting hostility between Islam and the West. 

Some radical Islamist groups—like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas—utilize existing Western institutions like elections to advance their ambition of making Islam the sole source of governance and political power.  But even these groups do so with the aim of creating a global order defined by an extreme vision of their own faith. 

The Foreign Fighter Threat from ISIS and the Syrian Conflict

The Foreign Fighter Threat from ISIS and the Syrian Conflict

This backgrounder offers an overview of the foreign fighter phenomenon since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, an assessment of the threat foreign fighters pose upon their return home, and recommendations to U.S. policymakers on how best to address it.

Update on Yemen

Update on Yemen

The growth of AQAP in Yemen provides a direct threat to U.S. and allied security. The U.S. can do more to disrupt the plans and intentions of AQAP by preventing their consolidation, which is made possible by the fighting between Houthi and Yemenite government forces.

Egypt's Fight Against Terrorism and the Implications for U.S. Counter-Terrorism Policy

Egypt's Fight Against Terrorism and the Implications for U.S. Counter-Terrorism Policy

For Egypt's fight against growing terrorist group Sinai Province to be successful, it is imperative that President el-Sisi distinguish between a real terror threat and political opposition.