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The Geography of Terror


November 11, 2018

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The Continued Presence of the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province

The Continued Presence of the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The Islamic State has lost almost all of its territory across Iraq and Syria. However, since 2014, it has underhandedly entered the Khorasan region, which covers territory in parts of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Officially established on 10 January 2015, the affiliate group is known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province...

27 Sep 2018

Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade) in Syria

Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade) in Syria

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade, named for the fifth Shi’a Imam) is a militia group that is as part of the Syrian “Local Defence Forces”  and strongly linked to Iran, Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba. The origins of the group appear to date to around 2012 in the eastern and...

06 Aug 2018

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Afghanistan: New initiatives, old problems

Security, Defense & Terrorism

War and chaos have been present in Afghanistan for almost all of the past four decades.  The current conflict there in 2001, when the United States and NATO allies invaded in response to al-Qaeda attacks on the United States on September 11 of that year.  Recently the United States...

06 Aug 2018

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The Strategic Situation in Somalia and the Upcoming Withdrawal of International Forces Last year, on March 6, 2017, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) marked its tenth year of combat operations against Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group. Six African countries provide the soldiers for AMISOM: Uganda, Burundi,...

09 May 2018

Continuity and Change in United States National Security Strategy

Continuity and Change in United States National Security Strategy

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Over the past three months, the United States government has published three important strategic security documents: the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the Worldwide Threat Assessment.  The first two are published at irregular intervals, the first informing the second; the third is an annual collective intelligence...

07 Mar 2018

Securing the State: Structures to Counter Contemporary Terrorism

Securing the State: Structures to Counter Contemporary Terrorism

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Despite developing ever increasingly sophisticated responses to counter-terrorism, successful terrorist attacks continue to occur with alarming regularity; which includes the sudden surge of terrorist attacks across Europe. On the afternoon of 17 August, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van into pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, killing 15...

25 Sep 2017

Cyber-terror tactics: Hacking autonomous vehicles

Cyber-terror tactics: Hacking autonomous vehicles

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Cities across Europe remain under siege from recent terrorist events fuelled by the extremist ideology espoused by Daesh. The UK has witnessed four terror attacks in as many months, three of them occurring in London, including incidents outside the Finsbury Park Mosque, on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. The...

29 Jun 2017

Daesh in Iran: Spreading Instability

Daesh in Iran: Spreading Instability

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 7 June, ISIS/Daesh carried out attacks in Tehran, targeting the Iranian parliament and the burial shrine of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhallah Khomeini.  These attacks mark a major turning point in Iran’s internal struggle with terrorism and militancy. The dual terror attacks also underscore the evolution of...

22 Jun 2017

The US fight against ISIS/Daesh: The War on Terror from Obama to Trump

The US fight against ISIS/Daesh: The War on Terror from Obama to Trump

Security, Defense & Terrorism

Recent gains in Iraq by the US-led coalition have translated into clear losses for ISIS/Daesh.  The territory controlled by the so-called “caliphate” shrunk 16% in the first nine months of 2016 and 14% in 2015. Iraqi military sources believe that the insurgency now controls less than 7% of Iraqi...

04 May 2017

Attack of the drones – Emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Attack of the drones – Emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The proliferation of drone technology presents a new and unique suite of security challenges. Last year, rogue drone incursions forced the temporary closure of Dubai and Sharjah International airports. The shutdowns were serious events, costing hundreds of millions of dirhams per hour, disrupting dozens of flights and inconveniencing thousands...

22 Mar 2017

Iran’s Long Game in Lebanon

Iran’s Long Game in Lebanon

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 31 October 2016, Lebanon’s parliament elected veteran Christian leader General Michel Aoun as the country’s new President, ending a 29-month-long vacuum at the head of the state.  For over two years prior the election, Aoun’s candidacy was rejected by the pro- Arab and western coalition including the Sunni...

15 Mar 2017

How Might Trump Confront Terrorism and Violent Extremism?

How Might Trump Confront Terrorism and Violent Extremism?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

In  a stunning upset, businessman and former reality television show host Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States.  Winning a majority of Electoral College votes, but falling short of winning the popular vote, Trump will become the forty-fifth chief executive of the most powerful nation in...

24 Nov 2016

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