9/11: Seventeen Years Later, the World Continues to Change

September 11, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Again, it’s the anniversary of  9/11. The 17th anniversary to be exact. It is sobering to think of how many years have already passed since the horrific events of 9/11 when Muslim terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes and attacked New York City and Washington, D.C. Nearly 3000 people were … Continue reading 9/11: Seventeen Years Later, the World Continues to Change

Global Snapshots: Spring 2018

By Phil Johnson, Ph.D. March 24, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Greetings Globalnexters - this season of study-abroad conferences and research is going by like a whirlwind - so I thought I’d stop for a moment and share some insights and impressions from the places that Global Next has found itself in the last few weeks. Here are … Continue reading Global Snapshots: Spring 2018

Radicalizing Uzbeks?

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. January 25, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org OK, admit it - you aren’t exactly sure where Uzbekistan is. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Collectively, we’ve pretty much ignored this part of the world with the notable exception of Afghanistan. But 2017 put Uzbekistan front and center with a spate of terror attacks all purportedly committed by … Continue reading Radicalizing Uzbeks?

A “Son of Raqqah” Shares: From the Heart of ISIS

September 8, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next, LLC http://www.globalnext.org For a number of years I have have known and worked with a man who calls Al-Raqqah, Syria his home. Yes, the place of the headquarters of ISIS. This “son of Raqqah” is a man with whom I am well-acquainted and in turn is well-acquainted … Continue reading A “Son of Raqqah” Shares: From the Heart of ISIS

Mass Shooting in Orlando: I’ve got a few questions, do you?

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. June 15, 2016 Summary: What Happened? On June 12, Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan decent went into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and murdered 49 people and wounded 53 more. He did it in the name of Allah. He did it in solidarity with ISIS. He threatened further attacks from … Continue reading Mass Shooting in Orlando: I’ve got a few questions, do you?

Donald Trump, U.S. Immigration and the Muslim World

January 29, 2016 If you have’t heard yet, Donald Trump is running for President of the U.S. Oh - and he’s going to make America great again! We’ll see about that... but the billionaire is famous for speaking his mind and it hasn’t seemed to hurt him in the polls yet. (He gets more media … Continue reading Donald Trump, U.S. Immigration and the Muslim World

ISIS Advances: How Islamic is the Islamic State?

April 17, 2015 Today ISIS claimed responsibility for a car bombing near the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Yesterday, ISIS took over the eastern part of the city of Ramadi, in Iraq’s Anbar province.  Families with children could be seen carrying whatever they could, fleeing the city looking for safety in … Continue reading ISIS Advances: How Islamic is the Islamic State?

ISIS: The Kurdish Factor

By Phil Johnson, Ph.D. (with special assistance from Ary Rasool) March 21, 2015 Today is Kurdish Newroz - a celebration of the Kurdish New Year. This year, the celebration coincides with yesterday’s release of a graphic video produced by ISIS showing the brutal beheadings of three Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers. At least fourteen other soldiers are still … Continue reading ISIS: The Kurdish Factor

The World in a Nutshell: October 2014

It is time to give a quick “global update” and comment on some of the many stories dominating the news theses days. Fasten your seatbelt - here’s the world: 1. Shooting Near the Canadian Parliament. One soldier was killed and at least 3 others were wounded by a terrorist shooting today in Ottawa. Why does it … Continue reading The World in a Nutshell: October 2014