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The Geography of Terror

The Geography of Terror

Constructions of Terrorism

Terrorist violence is not evenly distributed across the globe. We know that incidents of terror are highly concentrated in a just a few regions of the world. Even when excluding the long-running insurgencies and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, we observe that between one half and two-thirds of all...

11 Nov 2018

Terrorism is Local

Terrorism is Local

Constructions of Terrorism

On the 20th of December 2017, federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Everitt Aaron Jameson in Modesto, California, disrupting his plans to use some combination of a heavy vehicle, explosives, and firearms to kill Christmas shoppers at San Francisco’s famous Pier 39.  Jameson’s...

18 Jan 2018

The Necessity of Action in Response to Qatar’s support for Terrorism

The Necessity of Action in Response to Qatar’s support for Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

Four Arab states have imposed a range of unilateral measures on Qatar in response to that country’s support for terrorist groups and for allowing the funding of terrorist organizations to take place on its territory. For years, Qatar has been known to provide sanctuary, material and financial support to...

29 Jun 2017

The End of the Beginning of Daesh

The End of the Beginning of Daesh

Constructions of Terrorism

Over 140 defenseless civilians in Mosul, Iraq, were killed in a single airstrike on the 17th of March, likely conducted by United States aircraft.  Several important questions can be asked in the wake of this: First, did Daesh (ISIS/ISIL, Islamic State) intentionally gather these Iraqis to use them as...

18 Apr 2017

The Bondage of History:  Daesh/ISIS and the Islamic Past

The Bondage of History: Daesh/ISIS and the Islamic Past

Constructions of Terrorism

Political organizations often play with history.  Terrorist groups are, of course, organizations with political agendas and it should come as no surprise that the use and abuse of history as a tool also applies to Salafi-Jihadist terrorist groups like al-Qa’ida and Daesh/ISIS.  Both organizations begin with sacred history and...

09 Mar 2017

Countering the Narrative of Daesh/ISIS in South East Asia

Countering the Narrative of Daesh/ISIS in South East Asia

Constructions of Terrorism

Just over a year ago, Daesh/ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack near Sarinah Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia.  This event highlighted the risks of terrorism in South East Asia as well as Daesh’s global spread.  However, global counter-terrorism efforts have mainly focused on Iraq and Syria, as well as...

01 Mar 2017

Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid: Trump, Terrorism, and the Media

Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid: Trump, Terrorism, and the Media

Constructions of Terrorism

During a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, home to the headquarters of the United States’ Central Command and Special Operations Command, President Donald Trump claimed that incidents of terrorism are not adequately reported by news media outlets.  He also seemed to suggest that the news media...

22 Feb 2017

Reconciling Human Rights and Human Security in Countering Terrorism

Reconciling Human Rights and Human Security in Countering Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

When countering extremism and terrorism, states face a number of difficult choices and dilemmas.  There is a clear need for action by the state to provide security to society and state institutions.  However, some actions to provide security can create more insecurity in a society and work to drive...

04 Jan 2017

Securing the State – Strategies to counter contemporary terrorism

Securing the State – Strategies to counter contemporary terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

State of emergency Genuine and meaningful reflection upon counter-terrorism policy involves all in authority being prepared to openly challenge existing concepts and approaches.  In questioning fundamental assumptions of how governments should protect its citizens there are few better places to begin than with terrorism, for not only are these...

06 Dec 2016

Daesh in Europe: From Caliphate to Transnational Terror Threat

Daesh in Europe: From Caliphate to Transnational Terror Threat

Constructions of Terrorism

TRENDS, in cooperation with ICSR, King’s College, London recently organized a conference titled “ISIS in Europe”, held in London on 28-29 July, 2016. An elderly priest moves through the rites of the Catholic mass as it has been done in his Normandy church for over four hundred years.  A...

02 Aug 2016

Assessing the Terrorist Threat in the United States

Assessing the Terrorist Threat in the United States

Constructions of Terrorism

In the last two years, the United States has experienced several deadly shootings by those who have professed allegiance to the militant groups Al Qaeda and Daesh/Islamic State. These include the December 2015 shooting of county workers by a married couple in San Bernardino, a shooting in July 2015...

27 Jul 2016

Lessons from the Orlando Attack for Defining Terrorism

Lessons from the Orlando Attack for Defining Terrorism

Constructions of Terrorism

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub this past June, analysts and politicians alike were quick to deem the attack “terrorism.” Indeed, the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, claimed he was acting for Daesh/Islamic State in phone calls to an emergency number (911), a television station...

12 Jul 2016

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