The Comeback of ISIS: Will Your Favorite Jihadist Group Return?

March 10, 2019 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Perhaps you noticed that this particular article suddenly disappeared after being published. If you were someone who was able to read the original, I am happy for that. If not - let me explain. I have spent the last week dealing with Kurdish government officials who have … Continue reading The Comeback of ISIS: Will Your Favorite Jihadist Group Return?

Surviving Jerusalem Syndrome

January 27, 2019 Philip Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org  Today is my last day in Jerusalem - I’ve been here since December 31st - so I’ve seen one year pass into another here in the world’s holiest and most contentious city. It’s been said that when people spend too much time in Jerusalem, they start going crazy … Continue reading Surviving Jerusalem Syndrome

Goodbye Syria and Afghanistan: Good? Bad? Or Prophetic?

Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. December 24, 2018 http://www.globalnext.org Last Wednesday, President Trump announced that we are bringing our troops home from Syria and about half of our troops home from Afghanistan. Politicians, military experts and the media have all reacted like the world is coming to an end. Even all those politicians and media pundits … Continue reading Goodbye Syria and Afghanistan: Good? Bad? Or Prophetic?

Global Roundup: December 2018 – Part 1: Paris and Libya

December 10, 2018 Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org I’ve been busy with Global Next’s international conferences, domestic speaking engagements and some in-person research in North Africa. So now it seems like it’s time to take an overview on some of the stories that have littered the landscape in November and December as we rush headlong … Continue reading Global Roundup: December 2018 – Part 1: Paris and Libya

Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada

September 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Mr. Radwan Mortada is a TV news producer for Al Jadeed TV and a journalist for Al-Akhbar newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a friend of mine and today I had the pleasure of sitting down with him in Beirut to discuss the constantly evolving and ever-confusing … Continue reading Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada

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

The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

July 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. Global Next http://www.globalnext.org The war in Syria has raged for more than seven years and has brought with it the deaths of half a million people, the displacement of millions more and untold suffering and destruction. And it’s not over yet.  In 2016, when I was doing research in … Continue reading The Truth About Iran’s Role in Syria

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?

To Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Immigration Question

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. February 5, 2017 http://www.globalnext.org I can’t think of a more controversial issue plaguing the U.S. news these days than Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for seven countries deemed to be a potential threat to U.S. security. Protestors and pundits all have their opinions. A Federal judge has “undone” the ban and President … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: That is the Immigration Question

Before it Gets Dark

December 28, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org As 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard not to think back over all that has happened - with new events marking the final days of the year. 2016 has been peppered with contentious issues like the U.S. presidential election, China’s growing aggression in the South China Seas, … Continue reading Before it Gets Dark