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Jake Godin

Geopolitics Reporter

Jake digs into the depths of social media to keep tabs on Syria and across the Middle East. His videos provide a glimpse of life in conflict zones and explore the obstacles faced by refugees fleeing those conflict zones. With a wealth of knowledge on extremist groups and how they communicate, he also tries to understand (and explain) radicalization and terror in the digital age. Hailing from a town in central Illinois that you've likely never heard of, Jake joined Newsy in 2012. Since then, he's traveled to the Arctic circle on his motorcycle, covered Canada's mass resettlement of Syrian refugees and moved to Newsy's Washington, D.C. bureau. And he's tweeted — a lot. Be sure to follow him at @JakeGodin.

  Recent Work
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Is The US Nation Building In Syria?

Newsy analyzed footage and slogans from dozens of Iranian protest videos to better understand why people were demonstrating.
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What We Can Learn From Listening To Iran's Protest Slogans

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Geography Of Iran Protests Reveals An Unprecedented Uprising

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A Base In Tiny Djibouti Shows China's Grand Global Ambitions

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Library On Wheels Brings Books To Kids In War-torn Syria

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100 Nations Have Banned Cluster Bombs. So Why Won't The US?

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The Campaign To Ban Killer Robots Before They Become A Reality

A U.S. Army Special Forces weapons sergeant inspects a Nigerien service member's weapon.
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Trump's State Department Has Quite A Few Positions Left To Fill

President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with members of his Cabinet.
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Trump Wants To Ax The Diversity Visa Program, So What Is It?

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How (And Why) Do Movies And TV Make Up Fake Countries?

Multinational service members participate in the opening ceremonies of Flintlock 2017 in Diffa, Niger.
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Pentagon Defends Response After 4 US Troops Killed In Niger

Ivy Mike experimental thermonuclear device is detonated over Bikini Atoll in 1952
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When Nations Go Nuclear, They Gain More Than Just The Bomb

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Climate Change Will Create More Refugees And Mass Migration

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YouTube Videos Show Evidence Of War Atrocities — Until They're Deleted

A satellite image from NASA shows the browning of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma.
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Satellite Images Show Hurricane Irma's Caribbean Destruction

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How To Survive As A Nation When You're Smaller Than New York City

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Getty Images / Joe RaedlePolitics

Trump Is About To Take A 17-Day Vacation; Let's Put That Into Context

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Getty Images / Peter MacdiarmidWorld

What A Flag Can Tell You About Its Country

An Islamic State sign in the northwestern Iraq town of Ba'aj, June 20, 2017, near the Iraq-Syria border.
Getty Images / Martyn AimWorld

Terror Attacks Worldwide Are Down For Second Straight Year

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How State Media Became A Weapon Of Information Warfare

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Getty Images / Defne KaradenizWorld

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Why Trump's Budget Cuts To US Soft Power Matter

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An image of Cameroon with its name in French on an old map.
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C'est La Violence: Cameroon Is Fighting Over Language

A photo released by ISIS showing a man loading a homemade mortar.
ISISWorld

ISIS Drones And The 'Industrial Revolution Of Terrorism'

A man stands in the ruins of a building destroyed during fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIS.
Getty Images / Carl CourtWorld

After ISIS Falls, What Happens To Its 'Digital Caliphate'?