An American Neo-Nazi Allegedly Tried to Derail a Passenger Train
On Oct. 22, 2017, 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of Missouri — a member of a neo-Nazi group who had expressed interest in “killing black people,” according to the FBI — breached a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train as it passed through Nebraska. He then grabbed the controls. His... Read more
America’s War on Terror Targets 76 Countries
He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced and “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram air base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was to depart the country. More than 16... Read more
The Enduring Horror of Al Shabab
On Oct. 14, 2017, a truck packed with 350 kilograms of explosives stopped at a checkpoint at a crowded crossroads in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where it blew up. The driver, a former Somali soldier who switched sides to the terrorist group Al Shabab, killed more than 300 people in... Read more
Advocates of Neo-Nazi ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Are Aiming to Exploit Charlottesville
The May 2017 killing of 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk and 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman, members of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, shed light on a small and little-known extremist organization since overshadowed by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Devon Arthurs, their 18-year-old roommate, shot and killed both men at their Tampa,... Read more
White Supremacy as Insurgency
The size of the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 11-12 is not unprecedented in U.S. history — nor the terrorist attack out of character for white supremacists. However, several trends and new methods of organization have contributed to the American neo-Nazi movement’s growth and increased willingness to... Read more
How America Can Stamp Out Political Violence
In the early hours of June 14, 2017, James T. Hodgkinson fired on Republican lawmakers playing baseball in a Virginia park. Hodgkinson died in custody and though he wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), he fortunately failed to kill anyone. In the hours after the... Read more
I’m a Portlander. Political Extremism Is Poison
On May 26, 2017, tragedy struck my hometown when a white supremacist stabbed three people on a train. Two died of their wounds. The incident began when 35-year-old Jeremy Christian began aggressively harassing two young women riding the Portland MAX line. The women were black and one wore a... Read more
The West’s War on Terror Depends on the Wrong Allies
The same week that U.S. Pres. Donald Trump inaugurated a new effort to enlist the Sunni Arab world’s help in bringing jihadist terrorism to an end, a troubled young British man blew himself up at a pop singer’s concert in Manchester, killing 22 people—mostly young girls. This was the... Read more
The Curious, Quiet Success of Italian Counter-Terrorism
After a wave of recent terrorist attacks, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Belgium have all debated their existing security strategies. The duty of politics is to answer public fears—however this always comes with the risk that fears will guide reactive counter-terrorism policies that ultimately fail. Italy, however, has... Read more
How States Screw Up After Terrorist Attacks
A resource-strapped terrorist group taking on a wealthy or powerful government can use drama, violence and political manipulation to lure that state into making bad decisions. This changes the balance of power between the two adversaries, and over a long enough timeline, a creative terrorist campaign can make the... Read more

Andrew Dobbs

Environmental activist and writer based in Austin, Texas.

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