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Magnus Norell
Magnus Norell is an Adjunct Scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington DC as well as Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels. His research focus mainly on International Terrorism (particularly of the religiously motivated kind), Political Violence and tensions between religion and politics. In addition, Norell has written and researched extensively on issues concerning issues of national security and democracy-changes in the Middle East/North Africa region (MENA) and Pakistan and Afghanistan. Norell has a background in Military and Civil Intelligence where he worked on Counter-Terrorism and International Terrorism. He has served with the UN in Somalia (UNOSOM II) and has lived, worked and travelled for several years in the Middle East and the Af-Pak region. On November 18, 2015, his newest book was published in Swedish with an English translation to follow. Called: "Return of the Caliphate - causes and consequences", it's on the Islamic state.

Entries by Magnus Norell

Iran As a Regional and Strategic Threat

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 6:53 AM

On July 10, the last Friday of this year's Ramadan, millions of Iranians celebrated the annual 'al Quds day'. A celebration marked by the usual anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slogans. In addition of course, the US and the UK came in for especially vicious treatment, with flag-burning and posters with President...

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A Way Forward - Countering Militant Islamism in the MENA-Region

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 4:13 AM

In light of the recent Islamist atrocities it may be fair to ask what possible steps to take in order to counter the trend of increasing terrorism violence across the MENA-region, as well as in Europe. It's a dark picture to be sure, made even worse by the rise of...

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Embezzlement in Sahara

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:01 PM

The newly presented report from the EU corruption watch-dog -- OLAF -- about embezzlement of funds from the EU to Polisario, comes as no real surprise for those of us who have followed the confluence between organized crime and terrorism in West Africa. In the investigation OLAF shows how Polisario...

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Militant Islamism: A Strategic Threat

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:03 AM

In several countries from Western Sahel in Africa to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the East, militant Islamist organizations (including smaller groups and larger movements) are creating havoc and help fuel wars and conflicts. Activities run the gamut from criminality (such as trafficking, hostage-taking, smuggling and counterfeiting) to full-scale military warfare...

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Enhancing Security Cooperation in Western Maghreb

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 2:02 PM

On February 18, Moroccan King Mohammad IV, is visiting Mali. The trip is part of an ongoing Moroccan strategy to use a 'soft-power' approach in dealings with her neighbors to the South and South-West. This approach is intended to pursue Moroccan political and business-interest throughout the region, but doing so...

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Syria -- Descent Into Hell

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:04 AM

In order to get anything positive out of the Geneva-II conference, it is necessary to realize that the humanitarian and diplomatic initiatives pondered, will have to be backed up with a tangible military component. If not, the whole exercise risk going down as another futile attempt to stop the killing...

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