Author Archives: Shayna

About Shayna

Shayna is a second year graduate student of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service concentrating in youth participatory roles in peacebuildng and development. She completed a B.A. in International Relations at the American University of Rome in 2011. Her professional and academic publishing interests focus on thematic issues related to ethnography, youth based grassroots social movements, conflict narratives and identity formation, mechanisms of civic engagement, social inequalities, and structural violence. Her travel and fieldwork experiences have brought her across several countries in the MENA region, the Middle East, Africa, Southern Europe, the Balkans, Haiti, and the US. www.linkedin.com/pub/shayna-mccready/29/a31/83b/

Youth Combatant Recruitment in the Levant Part II: Alternatives to a Propaganda War

“As the acronym shifts daily, we don’t know if these videos are actually being produced by a ragtag force seeking to provoke a superpower and her allies into war or if Isis is rather a front for more institutional actors, … Continue reading

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Youth Combatant Recruitment in the Levant Part 1: Challenges and Misconceptions

Beyond the sensationalist and propagandized accounts that we are fed through mainstream media channels, little factual knowledge is known about ISIS’ activities on the ground. We have very inconsistent and unreliable information about its social base, how it has made its military gains, the nature of the coalitions into which it has entered with various local tribes and political groups (Islamist and/or secular), or how it manages and administers the daily lives of millions of people residing in the territories it now controls. Continue reading

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A Post 2015 To Do List, Welcome back to +Social Good!

“Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace.” -Kofi Annan Checking in on the second morning of the 2014 +Social Good Summit immediately following an impromptu … Continue reading

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#2030Now United Nations Foundation +Social Good Summit

Greetings from New York City’s 92Y‘s world-class cultural and community center! As many of you know, this week marks the commencement of the 2014 UN General Assembly in New York. I am excited to announce I am spending a hectic two … Continue reading

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Lets Hear it for the Girls! Contextualizing female leadership in conflict transformation

In honor of celebrating International Women’s Day this year, let us reflect on the status of women across the world. Considering the pedagogical debate playing out between the various feminoti (i.e. those currently embroiled in a spate over whether modern women should be leaning in, reclining, … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Middle with You: Hubris’ Cost on Humanity in Syria

“Call him a Shakespearean tragic hero, like Macbeth. Macbeth didn’t really want to kill anyone at first, but once he started there was no turning back.” [Nabeel Khour, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Fellow formerly involved in Syria policy as … Continue reading

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Politics as usual: the fallacy of terror

This is not the first time it has happened. Since its’ appearance in 1928, the Pan-Islamic religious social movement of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt once again confronts a PR catastrophe. Banned, outlawed, ostracized, and feared worldwide (as recently … Continue reading

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