Harrison Akins

PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Tennessee
Chapter Member: Tennessee SSN
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Akins’ main research interests focus on the underlying causes of terrorism and the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of different counterterrorism strategies, such as drones. He is especially interested in the impacts of the U.S.-led War on Terror on minority Muslim communities in the United States, Europe, and the Muslim world and whether this contributes to the problem of terrorism. 


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"How Hindu Nationalists Politicized the Taj Mahal," Harrison Akins, The Atlantic, November 27, 2017.
"Islam and Christianity: A Misunderstood History," Harrison Akins, Huffington Post, April 11, 2017.
"Trump’s Islam-Focused Policies Are an Example of How Not To Fight Terrorism," Harrison Akins, Huffington Post, February 1, 2017.
"India's Model for Tolerance," Harrison Akins, BBC News, December 8, 2016.
"Why a Trump Presidency Will Be Damaging to the US-India Relationship," Harrison Akins, India Times, November 7, 2016.
"Trump And Hindu Nationalism: America’s Modi," Harrison Akins, Huffington Post, October 31, 2016.
"The Rohingya are Suu Kyi’s Litmus Test for a Legitimate Democracy," Harrison Akins, Huffington Post, November 9, 2015.
"Islam and Dialogue in Northern Ireland," Harrison Akins, American Muslim, June 6, 2014.
"A Tennessean in the House of Lords," Harrison Akins, Pakistan Today, May 31, 2014.
"No Place for Islam? Buddhist Nationalism in Myanmar," Harrison Akins, Al Jazeera, October 18, 2013.
"The Spectre of Fascism in Greece," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, July 9, 2013.
"US Should Replace Drone Strikes in Pakistan with Outreach to Tribal Areas," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 2013.
"Making Enemies in Yemen," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, May 5, 2013.
"Suu Kyi’s Muslim Moral Dilemma," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Asia Times Online, April 23, 2013.
"Waziristan: ‘The Most Dangerous Place in the World’," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, April 12, 2013.
"We Must Understand Source of Violence to Win War on Terror," Harrison Akins, Knoxville News Sentinel, March 24, 2013.
"Wayward in Waziristan," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Foreign Policy, March 15, 2013.
"Eritrea and its Refugee Crisis," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, October 17, 2012.
"The Plight of the Rif: Morocco’s Restive Northern Periphery," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, September 28, 2012.
"Nigeria in Flames: Breaking the Cycle of Revenge," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, September 9, 2012.
"The Aceh Elections and the Fragility of Peace," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, April 9, 2012.
"Waiting for the Arab Spring in Western Sahara," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, March 14, 2012.
"Restoring Harmony Between Bangkok and the Malay Muslims of South Thailand," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, February 27, 2012.
"No Arab Spring for Egypt’s Bedouin," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), Al Jazeera, February 15, 2012.
"Little Help for the Persecuted Rohingya of Burma," Harrison Akins (with Akbar Ahmed), The Guardian, December 1, 2011.


"The Yemen Imbroglio: Understanding the Many Layers of the Yemeni Civil War," The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 2017.
""Lawnmowers in the Sky": The Turbulent Past and Uncertain Future of Drone Warfare," Howard H Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee, March 2017.

Examines global challenges facing the use of armed drones in counterterrorism efforts. It provides an overview of the United States’ use of armed drones, the debate surrounding its use, and the current challenges faced by the proliferation of Chinese drone technology to states around the world.