Deviarchy A Conscious Challenge to Repressive Rule

@Guernica Magazine: Narrating Crisis in Sri Lanka

@Guernica Magazine: Narrating Crisis in Sri Lanka

A narrative nonfiction essay that examines the way we intervene into the lives of women and girls affected by violence, from the intimate perspective of Sri Lanka. https://www.guernicamag.com/features/narrating-crisis-in-sri-lanka/

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@Foreign Affairs: Women in ISIS

@Foreign Affairs: Women in ISIS

A policy snapshot examining the role of repression for female fighters, especially the Al-Khansaa Brigade of the IS movement in Iraq and Syria. Full piece available at foreignaffairs.com. Please see also the follow up conversation on MSNBC’s The CYCLE on August 21st, where I joined…

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Recent CNN Appearance: On Sajida Al-Rishawi & ISIS

Recent CNN Appearance: On Sajida Al-Rishawi & ISIS

Why might the failed suicide bomber, Sajida Al-Rishawi, be of value to ISIS and what we don’t (want) to know about her. http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2015/01/30/tsr-dnt-todd-isis-free-female-bomber.cnn.html

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@OUTLOOK MAGAZINE: ARTFUL DEMOCRACY

@OUTLOOK MAGAZINE: ARTFUL DEMOCRACY

While regime change in Sri Lanka is welcomed, its democratic merits cannot be celebrated just yet As the old guard in Sri Lanka was dramatically toppled in the recent presidential elections, best wishes were offered not only to the opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, but to a hopefully…

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@FOREIGN AFFAIRS: THE TORTURE REPORT’S MISSING WOMEN

@FOREIGN AFFAIRS: THE TORTURE REPORT’S MISSING WOMEN

Most of the recent Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11 is gruesomely detailed. But one thing is missing. In the report, it seems that all of the detainees subject to torture were men. There are several possible explanations. The CIA might…

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(Tsunami Flashback) Refugee Babies: The Lasting Effects of Tsunami Aid in Sri Lanka

(Tsunami Flashback) Refugee Babies: The Lasting Effects of Tsunami Aid in Sri Lanka

The true idealist and the apolitical pacifists of the world often convince themselves that the corrupt world of politics exists in a vacuum detached from pure humanitarian work. Despite their attempts to stave off impure intrusions, the politics of Sri Lanka pervade every action and…

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One Drop of Blood

One Drop of Blood

A fictionalized account of torture, and the intrusive search for information. We surrendered to the Army in waves. There was a palpable relief that one act of the horror show in the theater of war was over. But we were terrified of our saviors. Exhaustion…

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@ViceNews: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Violent Politics of Peace

@ViceNews: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Violent Politics of Peace

Whether we struggle to see women as violent actors, or to see peaceful women as supporting violence – we miss the complex politics of women. This analysis looks at the reasons why we are hesitant to critique Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu…

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Of Hijabs and Hoodies: Solidarity Against State Violence

Of Hijabs and Hoodies: Solidarity Against State Violence

On November 1st, the African American Policy Forum hosted a town hall, “In Plain Sight: Engendering the Fight for Racial Justice.” The event asked students, activists, scholars and policymakers to build a common platform for social justice. The event posed a simple question — in…

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Women and War: USC Lecture

Women and War: USC Lecture

Please see a video of a recent lecture I delivered at the University of Southern California, through USC Spectrum. The lecture covers female fighters in Sri Lanka and ISIS, and draws on women’s narratives to challenge our understandings of gender and violence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnRCSWebWdY&index=1&list=PLTZlxrrWM-vZITWaZFhar30GqbSPv28Nh

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