Can air power alone stop ISIS? On Wednesday, October 8, GICSC Director, Derek Harvey spoke to PBS’s Judy Woodruff and analyzed the effectiveness of airstrikes against ISIS. ” I don’t think we need to fight everyplace,” argues Harvey, “but it’s clear that the air campaign is, in my judgment as a professor at the University of […]
What are the strategic objectives of violence against women by ISIS? On Tuesday October 7, David Jacobson, Founding Director of the University of South Florida’s Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict discusses the exploitation of women by the Islamic State. “The targeting of women has got a strategic objective in terms of frightening populations,” […]
On Wednesday, September 24th, GICSC’s Director Derek Harvey discussed U.S. airstrikes against ISIS and possibilities for rebuilding the Iraqi army with NPR’s Lelia Fadel. “To rebuild the Iraqi army, to find good leaders and to build up their competency levels, it’s going to take a long time,” says Harvey. Listen here for the complete story.
Boko Haram leaders have long articulated the goal of establishing, or rather reviving an Islamic State – a Caliphate – in Northern Nigeria. This is not a novel concept and is something that should be viewed in the historical and religious context of Nigeria’s north. In 1804 Islamic scholar Usman Dan Fodio galvanized a large […]
GICSC researchers Zacharias Pieri and Rafael Serrano recently published Insurgency Prolonged: Nigeria’s Lack of Strategic Adaptation and the Rising Boko Haram Death Toll in the Summer 2014 edition of West Africa Insight. This article looks at the round of Boko Haram violence that emerged in the first quarter of 2014, and explains some of the causes. As with […]
In June 2014, President Obama said he’ll send military advisers to Iraq, but not combat forces. On June 21, NPR’s Scott Simon spoke to The Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict’s retired Army Col. Derek Harvey about whether that’s enough to help regain stability. Listen to the story here.