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Defining the Limits of Terrorism: Are We Terrorized?

Defining the Limits of Terrorism: Are We Terrorized?

Constructions of Terrorism

The end of 2015 and the start of 2016 was witness to several incidents of violence perpetrated in a variety of settings, using a diversity of weapons, against different kinds of targets.  Yet, in spite of these differences, all were quickly reported as acts of terrorism.  Using the definition...

25 Jan 2016

The Long Game of Drone Warfare

The Long Game of Drone Warfare

Security, Defense & Terrorism

As the United States enters its presidential election year, it may be fruitful to begin a discussion on a cornerstone of the current administration’s counter-terror program – the use of drones to conduct air-to-ground missile strikes on the leaders of terrorist organizations abroad.  These drone strikes are conducted where...

11 Jan 2016

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Realisation of the Human Rights of Children

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Realisation of the Human Rights of Children

Human Rights & Children

On November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child  was formally adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It is the most widely ratified international human rights convention in the world with 196 states parties (only the USA has not ratified the Convention). This indicates that...

11 Jan 2016

What We Are Missing in the Debate on Beirut, Paris, and San Bernardino

What We Are Missing in the Debate on Beirut, Paris, and San Bernardino

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The attacks in Beirut and Paris that took place approximately over a month ago along with the recent shooting in San Bernardino have raised important questions regarding the available and effective measures for countering violent extremism at home and abroad. In the wake of the attacks in Beirut, Paris,...

22 Dec 2015

The Constructions of Terrorism Conference: Three Trends

The Constructions of Terrorism Conference: Three Trends

Constructions of Terrorism

TRENDS Research & Advisory, in cooperation with the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies recently held a conference on the “Constructions of Terrorism” at the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.  From this conference three trends emerge: 1) Defining and describing terrorism means putting terrorist violence into the...

22 Dec 2015

Countering Violent Extremism and Education: Gaps and Recommendations

Countering Violent Extremism and Education: Gaps and Recommendations

Children & Extremism

Education and development in society are important factors in the limitation of radicalization and recruitment, but there is no evidence to suggest that there is a direct link between illiteracy and extremism. The International CVE Research Conference 2015 organized by Hedayah, offered CVE academics and practitioners a number of...

16 Dec 2015

The Paris Attacks and Future Operations against Daesh

The Paris Attacks and Future Operations against Daesh

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November killed 130 people and injured 351. In this essay, I will analyze the events of that evening, the French and European counterterrorism response, and will argue finally that any lasting solution to this problem needs to be in the form of...

16 Dec 2015

Reforming the World Bank: the continuing story of a failure foretold?

Reforming the World Bank: the continuing story of a failure foretold?

Global Economy

Since 1944, the World Bank has been the pre-eminent institution in multilateral development finance. Its unrivalled capacity to mingle financial muscle with expert knowledge of development issues has kept at the forefront of international efforts to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poor including, currently, commitments under the rubric...

08 Dec 2015

Towards the Global ‘Rule of Law’: Beyond ‘Paper Implementation’ of Transnational Criminal Law Conventions

Towards the Global ‘Rule of Law’: Beyond ‘Paper Implementation’ of Transnational Criminal Law Conventions

Transnational Crime & Security

The 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was held in Doha, Qatar from the 12th to the 19th April, 2015, and was presided over by  Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Convened by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) every...

08 Dec 2015

Talk Is [Not Always] Cheap: The G20 and Terrorist Financing

Talk Is [Not Always] Cheap: The G20 and Terrorist Financing

Security & Political Economy

The latest statement by the G20 on the fight against terrorism during the meeting in Antalya may seem as an afterthought included with official communiqués in view of the attacks in Paris. Predictably, members of the G20 condemned the attacks in Ankara in October 10th and Paris in November...

01 Dec 2015

The GCC and the Paris Climate Change talks

The GCC and the Paris Climate Change talks

Environment & Security

Following the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference (CoP 15) to reach a deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol, all countries have been negotiating for a new and acceptable agreement by 2015, to be implemented in 2020. The outcome of these negotiations now depends on the political...

01 Dec 2015

“The End is Near.” Millenarian Terrorism

“The End is Near.” Millenarian Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

This contribution will serve as a second part to a previous piece on how three of the most violent contemporary terrorist groups construct themselves.  The first part described how Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and Daesh have co-opted one of humanity’s great faiths for their own purposes and pretend to serve...

24 Nov 2015