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With only 60 moderate Syrian rebels training under U.S. military advisers and a less than expected number of Iraqi soldiers prepared to fight, the Obama administration’s quest to destroy the Islamic State and its allure through political solutions and use of indigenous forces is in question.
Medill M.S.J. students in Josh Meyer's Spring 2015 Watchdogs in Washington class created a series of investigative reports on the role of satellites in national security, in terms of everything from disaster response to climate concerns.
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DEADLY DEBRIS is a three-month investigation by a team of graduate students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications that examines the deadly legacy of the United States’ use of landmines and cluster bombs around the world and its $2 billion effort to clean them up.
Our team of graduate students from the Medill NSJI, in collaboration with USA TODAY, spent 3 months looking into the world’s largest humanitarian food assistance program to see how it was working.

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Military trial inches on for alleged al-Qaida commander

July 24th, 2015 by

It’s been more than 3,000 days since alleged al-Qaida commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi was transferred to the U.S. military’s detention facility here. (Continue reading . . .)

Thawing U.S-Cuba relations have ‘no impact’ on naval base

July 24th, 2015 by

Normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba will not immediately impact the American naval base at Guantanamo, officials said this week. In other words, for now, it’s business as usual. (Continue reading . . .)

Hearings for al-Qaida commander hit snag at Guantanamo Bay

July 22nd, 2015 by

Terrorist suspect Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi said in court Wednesday that he has “a very disturbed relationship” with his military lawyers and does not want the Pentagon-assigned team to represent him at his pretrial hearing. (Continue reading . . .)

Conflict of interest issues throw wrench in hearing for alleged war criminal

July 22nd, 2015 by

Military court hearings ground to an indefinite halt Wednesday after an Iraqi prisoner accused of war crimes petitioned for a new lawyer, citing conflict of interest issues. (Continue reading . . .)


2015 McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarships awarded

Medill has named eight McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship recipients to participate in an innovative 11-week reporting program in fall 2015, based out of Medill’s Washington news bureau. (Continue reading . . .)

Medill NSJI, MRE and SPJ send letter to Army Secretary

The joint letter sent to Army Secretary John McHugh on June 19 requests the immediate declassification of the investigation into Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ horrific crimes in Afghanistan in March 2012. (Continue reading . . .)

#IRE15: Meyer re-elected to IRE Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Medill National Security Journalism Initiative Director of Education and Outreach Josh Meyer was reelected to the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Board of Directors and Executive Committee. (Continue reading . . .)

Meyer moderates UChicago Institute of Politics’ conflict reporting talk

Medill NSJI’s Director of Education & Outreach Josh Meyer lead a talk with NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics on May 27. (Continue reading . . .)

Photos: Medill NSJI students tour the National War College

The National War College, located at the U.S. Army’s Fort Lesley J. McNair base in Washington, opened its doors to students from the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative on May 19, 2015. (Continue reading . . .)

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Considering religious motivations to counter Islamic State

Religious experts are saying the U.S. approach with ISIS should be more focused on the movement’s ideology. Islam extremists claim to be restoring the faith to its original interpretation as part of their recruitment strategy. Experts say interpretations of religion are meant to evolve over time. (Continue reading . . .)