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From Idealism To Disillusion, The Shifting Profile Of Islamist Attackers

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 07.16.2016 | World

PARIS, July 16 (Reuters) - As authorities investigate the motives for a mass killing claimed by Islamic State in Nice late Thursday, analysts say the ...

Airstrike Transparency We Can't Believe In

Letta Tayler | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Letta Tayler

The White House release on July 1 of casualty figures for airstrikes outside conventional war zones since 2009 should have shed light on how many civilians were killed in attacks such as the one in Al-Majalah. How many of the civilian deaths were unlawful?

3 Things Religious Leaders Can Do In The Wake Of The Massacre In Orlando

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

Reflecting on the terrorist attack on Pulse in Orlando, columnist Bruce Bower notes that the events "'shocked' some politicians. 'Who would have expec...

Terror threats and turmoil: a bad time for US-South Africa relations

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Chris Williams, University of the Witwatersrand On Saturday June 4 2016 the United States embassy in Pretoria issued a warning to its citizens in Sou...

No Time For Trump, Part One: Iraq, Syria And The Danger Of ISIS

Richard North Patterson | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

Donald Trump would do more to promote the spread of jihadist terrorism than any military victory ever could. Unleashing him as president in a world of dangerous and complex geopolitics would be akin to giving a hand grenade to a two-year-old in a crowded room. Come Election Day, the rest of us must be grown-ups.

The State Department Took an Important Step Against Extremists

Philip Seib | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Philip Seib

This week, the U.S. State Department has taken a significant step forward by announcing that it will place greater emphasis on development aid in its CVE efforts. A joint strategy that will better coordinate State Department CVE projects with USAID should bring new substance to public diplomacy that has CVE potential.

UN Watchdog Could Gain Access To The Most Secret Corner Of Guantánamo Bay

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

The most secret corner of Guantánamo Bay could be opened up to the UN torture watchdog for the first time, if an audacious legal gambit succeeds....

ISIS's Unprecedented Campaign Promoting Sinai

Nancy Okail | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Nancy Okail

This IS propaganda campaign shows that any counterterrorism support for Egypt cannot be given in isolation from domestic affairs, local grievances, and continuous political issues--terror groups know very well how to play on these to attract recruits.

New Fronts Emerge in Africa's "Arc of Terrorism"

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Michelle DeFreese At the UN Security Council meeting in May 2013, the President of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingé, warned of an arc of terrorism...

Obama, US-Saudi Relations and the Fight Against Terrorism

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Halim Shebaya

I discuss US-Saudi relations as President Barrack Obama visits Riyadh for the GCC summit.

Boston Judge Orders Apple To Help Law Enforcement Examine iPhone

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

BOSTON, April 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple Inc to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone...

The First Casualty of War Is the Truth

Shiri Krebs | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Shiri Krebs

The scenario is as unrealistic as the torture 'ticking time bomb' scenario. Typically, targeted killing operations do not target suspected terrorists who wear explosives and are ready to bomb a shopping mall.

A Year After Kenya College Massacre, Teachers Step In To Address The Counterterror Vacuum

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.31.2016 | World

One year ago, the massacre of over 140 students in Kenya by al Shabab militants once again highlighted fatal flaws in the country’s counterterrorism...

Pakistan Detained More Than 5,000 After Easter Bombing Killed 72

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.29.2016 | World

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has rounded up more than 5,000 militant suspects, then released most of them, in the two days since a suicide bomber ki...

The Cycle of Terrorism

George Friedman | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
George Friedman

Another terrorist attack took place in Western Europe this week. Security will now be on alert around the world. The terrorists will avoid attacks dur...

How Not to Fight Terrorism: Lessons from Belgium, Turkey, and Maybe the USA

John A. Tures | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

After the latest terror attack in Brussels, everyone's got a solution, from Western democracies to Middle East dictators to GOP Presidential candidates. None of these are likely to work, and may actually make the war on terrorism harder to win.

Five Differences Between the U.S. and Europe on Counterterrorism

Joshua Hampson | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Joshua Hampson

While the United States should stand strong with its European allies to counter terrorism and defeat the Islamic State, it must also remember that it has large differences from Europe. These differences mean that the United States faces unique challenges and therefore should have unique solutions.

U.S. Frustration Simmers Over Belgium's Struggle With Militant Threat

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shortly after last November’s attacks on Paris by a Brussels-based Islamic State cell, a top U.S. counter-terrorism official ...

If Apple Is Forced to Unlock the iPhone, It Will Weaken Our Ability to Fight Cybercrime

Richard Clarke | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
Richard Clarke

I sympathize with the FBI's desire to have access to everything, in order to prevent crimes. But compelling U.S. companies to weaken their data security will ultimately make cybercrime even worse, and it will strengthen the ability of hostile nations to undermine both our economy and our national security.

Countering Violent Extremism Coming to a Church Near You

Sahar Aziz | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion
Sahar Aziz

On March 22, 2016, I was invited to participate on a House Congressional briefing on countering violent extremism - a euphemism for "soft" counterterr...

Underestimating the Islamic State

Philip Seib | Posted 03.13.2016 | World
Philip Seib

The Obama administration is considering a campaign of air strikes to hit IS in Libya. That is a tactical response, not a strategy. So too is the notion that the United States and its allies can kill IS fighters faster than the organization can recruit new ones.

Taking Aim at Russia's 'Underbelly'

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

Two hundred years after the "Great Game" for domination of Central Asia began with the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813, Washington is maneuvering to incr...

Is Joe Scarborough a Counter-Terrorism Expert?

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.10.2016 | Media
Lev Raphael

Joe wouldn't back off. Because Joe, of course, is the expert on these subjects since he can read, and Nance, who's lectured around the world on counter-terrorism, isn't.

Americans Think Terrorists Are Winning -- They're Not

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Fears of a terrorist attack happening in the United States are at their highest since 2005. Even more surprising is the rate at which Americans seem to think we're losing the War on Terrorism.

No, Donald Trump, We Won't Win the War on Terrorism With Bacon

John A. Tures | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Donald Trump unveiled his Middle East policy by telling a tale about General John Pershing killing Muslim terrorists in the Philippines with pork-laden bullets, which "solved the problem." Not only is the story unsubstantiated, but using pork products against Muslim terrorists doesn't work.