The Role of Arts in Countering Violent Extremism

This article was originally published by “NATO Association of Canada” on March 25, 2019. By Kagusthan Ariaratnam After five years of brutal fighting, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by several world powers left ISIS with all but a few hundred square meters near Syria’s border with Iraq. On Saturday, the long-awaited announcement came from the SDF that it had captured the last piece of … Continue reading The Role of Arts in Countering Violent Extremism

Opinion: Returning ISIS foreign fighters, what needs to be done?

By Kagusthan Ariaratnam This article was originally published by “NATO Association of Canada” on March 4, 2019. An American citizen and former college student, Hoda Muthana, left the US four years ago to join ISIS. She is currently being held in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. President Donald Trump has tweeted that he had directed Mike Pompeo “not to allow Hoda Muthana back into … Continue reading Opinion: Returning ISIS foreign fighters, what needs to be done?

A Prose Fiction: The ‘Coming of Age’ and the Problems of Youth

By Kagusthan Ariaratnam This article was originally published on “The Modern Diplomacy” on March 3, 2019. The influence of family, school, church, and peers mold us into who we are for a life time. This essay will discuss the coming of age (problems of youth) as depicted in Willa Cather’s (1905) Paul’s Case and J.K. Rowling’s (1998) Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Paul’s … Continue reading A Prose Fiction: The ‘Coming of Age’ and the Problems of Youth