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The Path To Terrorism: The Islamic State And Its Recruitment Strategies, Laura Turner May 2018

The Path To Terrorism: The Islamic State And Its Recruitment Strategies, Laura Turner

Honors Scholar Theses

The Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, a terrorist organization that commits acts of such brutality that even Al Qaeda has denounced it, has recruited approximately 21,000 foreign fighters from countries all over the world. Why is this group so appealing? What has made it so effective at recruitment? What methods does it employ to recruit so many individuals? This paper seeks to answer these questions by examining the recruitment strategies of ISIS. Case studies of individual foreign fighters are analyzed to assess the strength of three explanations of ISIS’ recruitment methods that dominate the current literature: strategic targeting ...


The Specter Of Intolerance: Understanding Religious Violence In Pakistan, Syeda Haider May 2014

The Specter Of Intolerance: Understanding Religious Violence In Pakistan, Syeda Haider

Honors Scholar Theses

The role of religion in Pakistani political and civil life has had a defining role in the political development of the nation. The country is now a breeding ground for religious extremism, with militant groups conducting brutal attacks against the Shia, Ahmedi, Christian and Hindu communities of Pakistan. There have been few explanations attempting to describe the problem of religious violence domestically, within Pakistan’s borders towards Pakistani citizens. This essay examines how, despite Pakistan’s initial conception as a secular state, the country has become haunted by intense religious violence. It links the lack of consensus around national identity ...


The Terrorism Bar: An Analysis Of Potential Modifications To The Tier Iii And Related Inadmissibility Provisions, Margaret L. Mccarthy May 2011

The Terrorism Bar: An Analysis Of Potential Modifications To The Tier Iii And Related Inadmissibility Provisions, Margaret L. Mccarthy

Honors Scholar Theses

This research analyzes numerous proposals to modify the Tier III and related inadmissibility provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act which have been recommended since the latest relevant legislative changes in 2007. Using the most common criticisms of the Tier III and related inadmissibility provisions to measure potential impact of the proposals, as well as Congressional and Federal opinion of the Tier III inadmissibility in general, this project will aim to decipher which of the proposals has the greatest potential to be enacted. In the end, this analysis recommends first the institution of expanded waiver/exemption authority for relieving individuals ...