Incel may not be a familiar name outside counterterrorism circles, but perhaps it should be. It stands for “involuntarily celibate” and while initially coined by queer women, has been taken up in its most lethal form by predominantly white men. These men believe that they deserve sex with attractive women, and that women who refuse said sex thus deserve to die. The man who drove a van down a street in Toronto in May killing pedestrians was one such Incel, and analysts warn this issue may only be increasing.
Really important research about why civil wars have been lasting longer. This article relates the current era of civil wars to previous ones, outlines what has changed in the international environment, why that leads to longer wars, and how Syria is an unfortunately perfect example of this trend.
Armenia has been rocked with massive protests recently over constitutional changes. What’s causing these protests and what does it mean for the country’s future?
How one counterterrorism expert came home from Iraq and his calling using that training to solve local policing.
For the first time in Malaysia’s post-independence history, the opposition has won national elections. How did this defeat finally happen? What will happen next to the now former prime minister? Who will the new prime minister(s) be and what are their political backgrounds?
Interesting long-form profile piece on what Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is aiming to do with Saudi Arabia’s global reputation and economic power both within his own country and in the broader Middle East. It’s not smooth sailing however, and one of MBS’ opponents is another son of a famous father: Hamza bin Ladin.
China has been working on a more expansive social ranking system. A municipal-wide system has been rolled out as a test in a few places, what is life like there?