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Hassan Hassan

Hassan Hassan is a co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, and a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington.

Sunni Jihad Is Going Local

Future extremists will focus not on exporting violence to the West, but on building influence in their own communities.


Moscow’s Little-Noticed Islamic-Outreach Effort

Russia is promoting Islamic moderation in unison with Arab powers—and further cementing its position in the Middle East.


To Succeed in Syria, Don’t Withdraw — Rebrand

The president’s plan is a disaster. If he wants to claim victory, there’s a better way.


New Documents Rewrite ISIS’ Origin Story

A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person.


In the Gulf, Repression and Discontent Are Rising as US Influence Wanes

After the Arab Spring, rulers are cracking down harder in the absence of US officials to curb their worst impulses.


ISIS Sees Opportunity as Syria’s Rebellion Falls

Religious extremists will try to inherit the energy of the all-but-defeated rebellion, just as they did in Iraq after the surge.


Stuck Fighting the Last War

It’s 2011—not 2001—that defines the challenge facing the United States and its allies in combatting jihadism.


ISIS Is Ready For a Resurgence

The new recording released by the group’s leader suggested he’s looking to the past to chart a course for the group’s ultimate triumph.