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The Geography of Terror


November 11, 2018

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What’s wrong with “signature strikes”?

What’s wrong with “signature strikes”?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The United States has increasingly relied on the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) to conduct lethal strikes in its on-going counter-terrorism campaign.  RPAs (or “drones,” colloquially) are employed in a variety of missions, the majority of which are un-armed reconnaissance missions where highly sensitive sensors and real-time high-definition...

26 Oct 2016

Counter-Terrorism, Soft-Power, and Donald Trump

Counter-Terrorism, Soft-Power, and Donald Trump

Security, Defense & Terrorism

During the already historically long United States Presidential campaign, Republican Candidate Donald J. Trump has offered several controversial stratagems for combatting terrorism.  He has claimed that his plan for Daesh (ISIS/ISIL, or the Islamic State) is to “bomb the s— out of them” and then expropriate Iraqi oil, using...

20 Sep 2016

Preventing the Nice Attack: Learning from Historical Experience

Preventing the Nice Attack: Learning from Historical Experience

Security, Defense & Terrorism

After a terrorist killed 84 people in a horrific attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on 14 July, the reaction in France to the third major attack in eighteen months was not political unity but bitter recriminations regarding how the attack could and should have been prevented....

27 Jul 2016

Big Data and open source intelligence – A game-changer for counter-terrorism?

Big Data and open source intelligence – A game-changer for counter-terrorism?

Security, Defense & Terrorism

The threat from terrorism continues to present a clear and present danger to many communitiesacross the world. The suicide bombingsin Turkey on 28th June which killed 41 people at the Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, and the series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Iraq during July, the string...

19 Jul 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

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 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

Adapting Counter Insurgency (COIN) to Coalition Warfare in Syria

Adapting Counter Insurgency (COIN) to Coalition Warfare in Syria

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 30 October, President Barack Obama announced the deployment of American Special Forces to Syria to fight Daesh. While the number is capped at fifty soldiers to provide assistance to the Kurds and independent Syrian forces, it may not remain so, given the increase in U.S. troops in Iraq...

19 Nov 2015

French Airpower and Counterinsurgency

French Airpower and Counterinsurgency

Security, Defense & Terrorism

French aircraft struck a Daesh camp in Deir Ezzor in Syria on 27 September. French President François Hollande stated that ‘six aircraft were used, including five Rafales’, and that ‘the camp was totally destroyed’. Despite having undertaken 200 airstrikes since 2014 in Iraq, France had chosen not to get...

21 Oct 2015

Highlights from the White House Summit to Counter ISIL and Violent Extremism

Highlights from the White House Summit to Counter ISIL and Violent Extremism

Security, Defense & Terrorism

On 29 September, President Obama hosted another Leader’s Summit Counter ISIL and Violent Extremism.  This was a follow on from a similar Leaders’ Summit hosted by the White House in February of this year on Countering Violent Extremism. The September Summit was attended by representatives from 100 states, 20...

18 Oct 2015

The Politics of Labeling “Terrorism” in the United States

The Politics of Labeling “Terrorism” in the United States

Security, Defense & Terrorism

In July 2015, Mohammod Abdulazeez opened fire on two military facilities in the southern American city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, fatally wounding five U.S. navy service members. After reporters rushed to tie the shooting to “terrorism,” some sensed a double standard in how violent attacks in the United States are...

17 Sep 2015

Are the Charleston and Chattanooga Shootings Acts of Terrorism, or Not?   

Are the Charleston and Chattanooga Shootings Acts of Terrorism, or Not?  

Security, Defense & Terrorism

In the space of a month this summer, the United States witnessed two horrific mass shootings in its southern cities of Charleston, South Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  On June 17, Dylann Roof, a young white male, murdered nine black citizens during a religious study meeting at a famous African...

30 Aug 2015

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