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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

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

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