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Abigail R. Esman, the author, most recently, of Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West (Praeger, 2010), is a freelance writer based in New York and the Netherlands.

ARTICLES BY: Abigail R. Esman

April 20, 2017 3:21 pm

How Erdogan’s Victory Might Be Europe’s Defeat

Over lunch in Istanbul last week, a friend and I spoke about the upcoming Turkish referendum. "Many European Turks are likely to vote 'yes,'" I...

April 3, 2017 6:46 am

After Surviving Evin Prison, Woman Works to Free Others

At an average pace, most people can cover about three miles if they walk for a full hour. For 105 days in the summer of 2007, Haleh...

March 24, 2017 6:33 am

Innocent Iranian-British Woman Rots in Infamous Prison

On a warm day last April, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe dressed her toddler, Gabrielle, kissed her parents goodbye and set off to catch a flight back home to...

February 24, 2017 7:48 am

A Muslim Woman’s Fight Against Radical Islam

If there is a single question that defines the geo-politics of our age, it might be the question that Farhana Qazi has been asking herself for almost 20...

February 7, 2017 9:10 am

A Muslim Woman’s Battle Against Radical Islam

It's just a month into 2017, and America's hot-button issues are already clear: women, radical Islam and the civil rights of Muslims in the West....

January 30, 2017 7:49 am

They Teach Our Children, Advise Our Government and Support Jihad

Since the rise of ISIS as an Islamic extremist group -- and certainly since its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the official creation of the caliphate -- researchers and...

January 4, 2017 5:33 am

Beyond ISIS: Europe’s Salafists Have Been and Continue to Be Nurturing Jihad

Before there was the Islamic State, before YouTube videos seduced Europe's Muslims to join in the jihad, before Twitter and Tumblr and the many tools...

December 26, 2016 7:31 am

Is National Guilt Making Germany More Vulnerable to Terrorism?

From the moment it became clear that the mass killings at Berlin's Breitscheidplatz Christmas market were the actions of a Muslim terrorist, accusatory fingers have pointed at German Chancellor...

December 21, 2016 7:02 am

Why the UK’s Sharia Courts Should Be Banned

Girls are married off at 15 to men they've never met -- men who may beat and rape them, or who do not permit them to leave the...

December 2, 2016 4:15 am

Women Represent a New Threat in ISIS’ Strategy

This is Laura Hansen's story. It may also be the story of the future of Islamic terrorists in the West. Born and raised in the quiet Dutch...

November 28, 2016 6:12 am

One Year After the Paris Attacks, What the West Still Needs to Learn About Islamic Terror

On November 13, 2016, one year after Islamist terrorists killed 130 people and injured 368 others in a series of attacks across Paris, music legend Sting...

November 23, 2016 7:05 am

Paris Jihadist Manages to Grow More Radical in Prison

One year after jihadist commandos massacred 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris, the country of France remains in a state of emergency. Heavily armed gendarmes patrol the...

October 28, 2016 8:20 am

Europe Gambles on De-Radicalization Programs as Terror Threat Rises

For the past several weeks, the news out of Syria and Iraq has been consistent and decisive: The Islamic State is losing ground. Battered by...

October 20, 2016 6:46 am

Europe’s Terror Challenges: The Returnee Threat

Another week has brought another barrage of headlines illustrating the depth of Europe's terror threat. The following examples came during a 24-hour window earlier this month: "Schiphol...


New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...


Trumps Pledges to Release Tax Reform Package Next Week

President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with the Associated Press,...


Israeli PM Netanyahu at Jerusalem Meeting With Visiting US Defense Secretar...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that President Donald Trump’s recent actions in the Middle East are “a welcome change.” Netanyahu...

Middle East

Israeli Army Strikes Syria After Three Mortars Hit Golan Heights

The IDF announced on Friday evening that it had attacked the sources of three mortars fired into the northern Golan Heights earlier that day. Friday afternoon, a mortar shell exploded in...