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Just Do Something! The Security Paradox in Counter-terror Strategy

Just Do Something! The Security Paradox in Counter-terror Strategy

Security & Counter-terrorism

Over the past six months, terrorist violence has occurred almost simultaneously in many regions of the world. The casual observer may be overwhelmed by these threats and demand that “something be done” to punish those responsible and stop future acts of violence.  A counter-terror doctrine must simultaneously make people...

12 Apr 2015

De Facto Women’s Citizenship in the Arab State and in Family Settings: a Historical Perspective

De Facto Women’s Citizenship in the Arab State and in Family Settings: a Historical Perspective

Women Citizenship

“Woman” has not merely been the second gender throughout human history, but also a crucial social category on which forms of behavioral control have been imposed in the name of a nation, political independence, economic progress, or, simply, in the name of God (Donzelot, 1997; Altorki, 2000). Law has...

09 Apr 2015

Art and Destruction in the Trivialization Era

Art and Destruction in the Trivialization Era

Artistic Vandalism

The art-violence binary has widely been discussed in the literature and in the mass media in terms of aesthetic representation of political and social violence. In light of the recent destruction of ancient artifacts and manuscripts – original and non – in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the...

29 Mar 2015

Close to the Body and Body Cavity Suicide Bombs

Close to the Body and Body Cavity Suicide Bombs

Body Cavity Suicide Bombs

The variation in human borne suicide bomb types used by terrorist organizations is much broader than is typically realized due to a number of iterations that have taken place over the course of decades. In this installment of the terrorism futures series, the more specialized close to the body...

18 Mar 2015

The challenges of Civic Education in a Globalized World

The challenges of Civic Education in a Globalized World

Global Education

Civic education faces many challenges and it is a major concern for those interested in the overall wellbeing of the citizenry in the twenty first century. Effective citizenship includes the knowledge, ability and character to engage peacefully and constructively across cultural differences in order to achieve sustainable human-environmental interactions....

12 Mar 2015

Security and Development: Questioning ‘righting wrongs’ strategies and the role of the international community

Security and Development: Questioning ‘righting wrongs’ strategies and the role of the international community

Security & Development

Last March 8, David Malone, a Canadian career diplomat and an international development and security scholar, gave a talk at the New York University of Abu Dhabi to discuss the changing role of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in conflicts and new possibilities for development assistance in the...

11 Mar 2015

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Discourse for the Creation of the Ummah

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Discourse for the Creation of the Ummah

ISIS Discourse

On the 4 July 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided a sermon through which he formally declared the establishment of the ISIS Caliphate and himself as the self-proclaimed Caliph. The discourse utilized by al-Baghdadi during that sermon creates a new communal identity from a worldwide Muslim population (Ummah) who may...

08 Mar 2015

Jordan and Daesh: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

Jordan and Daesh: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

Economics & Daesh

Thousands of Jordanians – including the country’s Queen Rania – took to the streets of the capital Amman February 6. They were protesting the burning alive of the Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh by Daesh and showing their support for the Jordanian government’s vow to “eliminate and wipe Daesh out completely.” Does such...

26 Feb 2015

In the mind – or in the life – of a jihadist?

In the mind – or in the life – of a jihadist?

Fundamentalism

The recent tragic events in Paris refreshed the importance of the historical roots of “fundamentalism”, which is misleadingly considered as only Islamic, or, even worse, inherently Islamic. The term “fundamentalism” itself, along with its notions, arose in the early 20th century in the United States. Between 1910 and 1915,...

25 Feb 2015

Fifth Dimensional Battlespace: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Implications

Fifth Dimensional Battlespace: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Implications

Terrorism Futures Series

This essay in the terrorism futures series will highlight the emergence of fifth dimensional battlespace, its implications for both the conduct of terrorism and counterterrorism operations, and, to some extent, interactions with terrorist disruptive targeting capabilities. Additionally, the larger civilizational context in which a dynamic yet little recognized terrorism...

10 Feb 2015

The UAE-funded Mrajeeb al-Fhood Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Can humanitarianism ever upgrade?

The UAE-funded Mrajeeb al-Fhood Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Can humanitarianism ever upgrade?

Refugees

20 km north the Jordanian city of Zarqa, the Mrajeeb al-Fhood refugee camp is currently funded and administered by the Emirati Red Crescent (ERC). The camp was constructed in April 2013 to assist the Syrian refugees fleeing the still ongoing conflict. The allocated funds were part of the Dh21.5...

08 Feb 2015

Green Economy and National Security of the GCC

Green Economy and National Security of the GCC

Green Economy - Part 2/2

Since the financial crisis in 2008, discontent and demonstrations demanding a better quality of life, more social equity and environmental justice have taken place all around the world, from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 to the Arab uprisings, and from the Brazilian street protests in 2013 to the People’s...

05 Feb 2015