Walsh Wire

Widerquist Questions Claims of Human Prehistory

A new book about prehistory, co-authored by Professor Karl Widerquist at SFS in Qatar (SFS-Q), questions whether people are better off because of the existence of government and property rights.

Colin Kahl on the Implications of the Yemen Raid

Professor Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden, discusses the implications of the Trump administration’s alleged indifference to the deliberative processes in reference to the failed Yemen raids.

Hoffman on the Death of 1993 World Trade Center Bomber Omar Abdel-Rahman

Bruce Hoffman comments on the death of the “Blind Sheikh,” the Muslim cleric convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, while he was imprisoned. Hoffman says Abdel-Rahman’s style of terrorism “would establish the patterns of global terrorism that continue to bedevil us today.”

Byman on Hunting Lone Wolves

Professor Daniel Byman writes in Foreign Affairs about “lone wolf” terror attacks. “Although lone-wolf attacks are hard to prevent, governments in the West can do several things to make them less likely and to prepare for those that do occur.”

SFS Plans Program Changes For Class of 2022

The Hoya reports on plans to modify the SFS undergraduate degree program affecting the Class of 2020 and beyond. Plans include adding a science requirement and reducing the number of major course requirements. Details have yet to be announced.

Abdelkader On DHS Policies That May “Single Out” Islam

“Insofar as the administration is singling out Islam as the root of terrorism,” Professor Engy Abdelkader said, “one could argue a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause because it disfavors one faith tradition and group in contrast to others.”

Abdelkader on Muslim Ban & Islamophobia

Professor Engy Abdelkader writes that a wave of legislation, orders, and proposals are “informed by anti-Muslim prejudice and hatred.” These developments “are not actually about protecting us from terrorism,” she writes. “It’s about Islamophobia.”