Monthly Archives: July 2014

Uncommon Leadership

The current fighting in Gaza is the result of decades of terror, oppression, and violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people. Sparked by the recent kidnapping of three Israeli teens, the Palestinian group Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) have exchanged deadly fire, leading to the death of more than 1,000 Palestinians and 48 Israelis in the last

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Scott Lassan co-writes article “Children of Syria” in Huffington Post

Hi everyone, I recently had the huge honor of co-writing an article in the Huffington Post with the amazing Hind Kabawat, a Syrian-Canadian activist who conducts works with Syrian refugees all over the Middle East. The article “Children of Syria” looks at how Syrian youth are becoming targets for terrorist recruitment. “Teenagers joining extremist groups are a growing sign of the desperation

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Analysis Paper: A Human Security Analysis of Nigeria

This analytical paper conducts a human security analysis of Nigeria in order to understand why there is so much violence in the country. It determines that various threats to human security in the country affect to varying degrees three subnational conflicts: a religiously motivated insurgency fought by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, community violence sparked by resource and land competition

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Analysis Paper: Tools for Trouncing Terrorism

Several tools have been developed in the attempt to eliminate terrorism around the world. Such tools range from security, development, financial, and legal measures, each ranging in effectiveness. This analysis paper assesses the effects of each measure and its impact on countering terrorism. Several conclusions can be drawn through the study of tools to eliminate terrorism. While many countries have

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Traveling Along the Turkish-Syrian Border

From March 7th to the 16th 2014 I traveled throughout Turkey, including the Syrian border region, with students and young professionals taking a course on the crisis in Syria. We met with refugees, activists, politicians, and a slew of other stakeholders. Upon my return, people asked me how it was and if I had had fun on my trip? The

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Why I started this blog

Hi folks, The idea for this blog was originally conceived in the midst of a job search. I had recently graduated from Georgetown University with an MA in Conflict Resolution and had been searching for jobs for a few months at that point. Now I think its important to note that I had gone to grad school because I couldn’t

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