Brian Gyln Williams

Most Recent Publications:

“Counter Jihad. America’s Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.” Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press. 2018.

“The Crimean Tatars. From Soviet Genocide to Putin’s Conquest.” Oxford; Oxford University Press. 2015.

“Inferno in Chechnya. The Story of the Russian-Chechen Wars, the Al Qaeda Myth, and the Boston Marathon Bombing.” Hannover; University Press New England (Dartmouth College). 2015.

“The Last Warlord. The Life and Legend of Dostum the Afghan Warrior who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime.” Chicago; Chicago Review Press. 2013.

“Predators. The CIA’s Drone War on Al Qaeda.” Washington DC, Potomac Press. 2012.

“Afghanistan Declassified. A Guide to America’s Longest War.” Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press. 2011.

“The Crimean Tatars. The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation.” Leiden/Cologne/Boston; Brill Academic Publishers. Inner Asian Library. 2001

“Operation ‘Retribution.’ Putin’s Military Campaign in Syria, 2015-2016.” Middle East Policy. Winter 2016.

“The Consequences of Russia’s ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Campaign in Syria.” West Point Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel. November 30, 2016.

“Who Are the Yazidis? And Why Is ISIS Trying to Slaughter and Enslave Them?” History News Network.

“The Ukraine (Finally) Recognizes the Hidden Case of the Crimean Tatars Genocide.” Oxford University Press Blog.

“Journey to Kurdistan, Realm of the Endangered Yazidi Pagans and Female anti-ISIS Peshmerga Fighters.” Huffington Post. January 26, 2016.

“Did Obama Really Surrender the Mid East to Putin?” History News Network. December 20, 2015.

“Should the US “Reoccupy” Iraq and Invade Syria?” History News Network. November 30, 2015.

“Give us Your Huddled Masses. But Syrians Need not Apply.” Informed Comment. November 23, 2015.

“From Freedom Fries to ‘We are all French.’ The Republicans History of Vilifying the French.” Huffington Post. November 16, 2015.

“Ahmed Chalabi the Fabricator.” History News Network. November 9, 2015.

“The Taliban Conquer Their First City. Why Should You Care?” Huffington Post. September 30, 2015.

“Enjoying the Med Beaches of Turkey While the Rest of the Middle East Burns.” Huffington Post. August 21, 2015.

“Report from Turkey: Enjoying the Med Beaches While the Rest of the Mid East Burns.” Huffington Post. August 21, 2015.

“Five Things You Should Know about the CIA’s ‘Robotic’ Drone Assassination Campaign.” Huffington Post. July

“The Drone Campaign against Al Qaeda and ISIS. Interview with General David Deptula USAF.” Perspectives on Terrorism. Vol. 9, no. 3 (2015)

“Did the Bush Invasion of Iraq “Create” ISIS?” History News Network. June 4, 2015. 14, 2015

“We Had Sniper Chris Kyle. The Enemy had Juba, the Sniper of Baghdad.” History News Network. March 27, 2015.

“Did Obama Really ‘Cut and Run’ and Abandon Iraq to ISIS?” History News Network. July 5, 2015.

“What’s Wrong with Seymour Hersh’s Conspiracy Theory?” History News Network. May 12, 2015

“The Killing of an American Hostage by a Drone in Pakistan. Is the CIA’s Assassination Campaign out of Control?” Huffington Post. May 4, 2015. “The Paris Tragedy and tbe War Within Islam.” History News Network. January 14, 2015

“Afghanistan: America’s Longest War. This is How it Was.” History News Network. January 11, 2015.

“Why Pakistan’s Embrace of Jihadism is Deadly. The Back Story of the Peshawar School Massacre.” History News Network. December 28, 2014.

“Defending the Predator. The Argument for the Killer Drone.” Huffington Post. December 3, 2014.

“Op-Ed Want to beat Islamic State? Try the Afghan model, circa 2001.” LA Times. October 4, 2014

“Afghanistan after the Soviets: From jihad to tribalism.” Small Wars and Insurgencies. Vol. 25, Issue 5-6. October-December 2014.

“They Will Kill Us All!” Critically Assessing ISIS Fear Mongering by US Politicians.” Huffington Post. January 18, 2015.

“The Rise of the ISIS Terrorist Army in Iraq and Syria. How Did we Get Here?” History News Network. October 12, 2014.

“Send in the Air Force Combat Controllers and Green Berets to Destroy ISIS.” Huffington Post. October 22, 2014.

“Save the Kurds of Kobani.” Standard Times. October 9, 2014.

“Commemorating the 13th Anniversary of 9/11 and Recalling Lessons Learned from the ‘Global War on Terror’.” Huffington Post. September 4, 2014.

“Abu Khattala: The Career and Arrest of the Jihadi Behind the Benghazi Attack.” Huffington Post. July 15, 2014.

“After Six Month Lull Obama’s Drone Assassination Campaign in Pakistan Is Back On.” Huffington Post. June 25, 2014.

“A Review of Abubakar Siddique’s The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 12. June 13, 2014.

“An Attempt to Get in the Mind of America’s Last Prisoner of War.” Huffington Post. June 5, 2014.

“The ‘Martyrdom’ of Doku Umarov. A Post Mortem Analysis of the Amir of the Caucasian Emirate.” Militant Leadership Monitor. Volume 5, Issue 3. March 2014.

“CIA Agent Mike Spann: America’s Very First Casualty in the War on Terror.” Huffington Post. December 17, 2013

“Adventures in the Crimean Peninsula, a Reminiscence of Time Spent in the ‘Gem of the Soviet Union’ with the Crimean Tatars.” Huffington Post. March 3, 2014.

“The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan.” Huffington Post. February 21, 2014.

“The Very Real Threat of a Terrorist Attack at the Sochi Olympics.” History News Network. February 7, 2014


Dilshod Achilov

Got Political Islam? Are politically moderate Muslims really different from radicals?” (with Sedat Sen) International Political Science Review, 2016: 1-17, [online first]

“Social media analytics to identify and counter Islamist extremism: systematic detection, evaluation, and challenging of extremist narratives online”, (with B. Arpinar & U. Kursuncu) International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016.

“Revisiting political Islam? Explaining the nexus between political Islam and contentious politics in the Arab world.” Social Science Quarterly, 2016, 97 (2): 252-270.

“When actions speak louder than words: Examining collective political protests in Central Asia.” Democratization, 2016, 23 (4): 699-722.

“Islamic revival and civil society in Kazakhstan.” In C. E. Ziegler (Ed.), Civil society and politics in Central Asia, 2015, (pp. 81-110). Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.

“Islam, Islamism, and collective action in Central Asia.” Trames: A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (with R. Shaykhutdinov), 2014, 18 (4): 383-405.

“Social capital, Islam, and the Arab Spring in the Middle East.” Journal of Civil Society, 2013, 9 (3): 268-286.

“State regulation of religion and radicalism in the post-communist Muslim republics.” (with R. Shaykhutdinov), Problems of Post-Communism, 2013, 60 (5): 17-33.

“Islamic education in Central Asia: Evidence from Kazakhstan.” Asia Policy, 2012, 14 (1): 79-106.

“Islamic revival, education and radicalism in Central Asia.” (with R. Shaykhutdinov), The Journal of Central Asian Studies, 2011, 20 (1), 37-59.