Terrorism
How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

How Britain’s Intelligence Forces Have Managed to Prevent 13 Terror Attacks in Recent Years

9/11. 7/7. For most these dates require little explanation. They are forever synonymous with the horrific events they represent; events that sent shockwaves of horror around the globe. Both started off as ordinary working days, but as the attacks unfolded, hundreds and thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to the actions of radical...
A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

With the complex web of influences that saturate the conflict in Iraq and Syria, it is easy to lose sight of a broader view. While ISIS’s advertisement and promotional innovation is frequently discussed, the astonishingly expansive swath of territory, people, and infrastructure ISIS held at the height of its power is often forgotten. Once having...
Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

Hezbollah: The Next Major Security Threat

At a recent St Andrews-Georgetown Conference, entitled ‘What the Next Administration needs to know about Terrorism and Counterterrorism’ several academics made strong warnings about the threat emanating from Iran-backed Hezbollah and their growing influence in Iraq and Syria. In particular, Hanin Gaddar, editor of the Lebanon News Website, warned of the growing strength and consolidation...
Defensive versus Offensive Strategies against Cyber Attacks: What the United Nations Charter has to say

Defensive versus Offensive Strategies against Cyber Attacks: What the United Nations Charter has to say

‘The new [cyber security] strategy is built on three core pillars: defend, deter and develop, underpinned by £1.9 billion of transformational investment […],’ said British Chancellor of the Exchequer in a speech in October 2016. Since his speech, Britain has launched the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 report, detailing how the British Government...
Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

On Sunday 29 January, the safe and peaceful environment of a local Québécois mosque during evening prayers suddenly became the scene of a massacre as a gunman entered and fired indiscriminately. Although quickly condemned by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the attack raises many questions and issues, including the rise of Islamophobia, in Canadian society....
The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

The Executive Extremists: Should We Be Surprised?

Another day, another bombing. The images of children killed by government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo last week were horrific to behold, but they were not surprising. Such images have become tinged with that precursor of contempt – familiarity. Like it or not, horrendous violence against the innocent is apparently such an expected part of what...
Where Has Al-Qaeda Gone?

Where Has Al-Qaeda Gone?

It would not be an overstatement to argue that 9/11 is one of the worst terrorist attacks in living memory, enhanced by the presence of 24/7 news that beamed horrifying images of the attack onto the TV screens of people throughout the globe. It catapulted the perpetrators, al-Qaeda, into the spotlight. Images of the group’s...
Cybersecurity and the Governance Gap: A Role for Multilateral Institutions?

Cybersecurity and the Governance Gap: A Role for Multilateral Institutions?

The Internet is inherently global. It exists within and beyond national borders, capable of connecting people all over the world for communication, business, finance, and other collaborative opportunities. In this increasingly interconnected and globalised world, however, the scale of scope of cybersecurity threats continues to intensify. Government operations, communication technologies, military weapons and satellites, and...
Paris: One Year On

Paris: One Year On

It has been quite a year for extremism. We have seen the expansion of Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria, the Brexit referendum and its aftershocks, and now perhaps the greatest surprise of all – President-elect Trump. In one way or another, these events are all the result of radical shifts in worldwide public...
The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

The March on Mosul: A Battle for Hope and Influence

A cautiously united offensive presses further into the Nineveh region, liberating towns and villages as it prepares to lay siege to ISIL’s last major stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish forces and intersectional tribal militias are fighting alongside an ever-improving Iraqi army in a joint effort to reclaim Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his Caliphate in...
Is the UK too politically correct when it comes to terrorism?

Is the UK too politically correct when it comes to terrorism?

In July 2016, radical preacher Anjem Choudhary and co-defendant Mohammed Rahman were convicted of supporting and encouraging support of the Islamic State. The pair encouraged their followers to support ISIS via a series of YouTube videos, praised the ‘caliphate’ and urged many to travel to Syria. While Choudhary’s conviction may seem to prove that the...
We’ve Ji-had Enough: Terrorism as a Political Weapon

We’ve Ji-had Enough: Terrorism as a Political Weapon

In recent months, terrorism has been repeatedly thrust to the forefront of public consciousness. Conjuring images of shooting in a crowded nightclub or explosions in a busy airport terminal, it constitutes one of society’s most evocative issues. It has fuelled the sometimes explosive growth of far-right parties across the European Union – acting everywhere as...