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18/4/2014 Is fate of Kurdish issue tied to Erdogan's future?

Ms. Tulin Daloglu

Despite sending strong signals that he intends to run for the Turkish presidency in August, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again asserted that he remains undecided. He gathered his party’s lawmakers on April 16 to discuss the matter and announced, “I have not made my decision yet.” He added, “And I don’t approve of announcing names [for the presidential bid] at this point. There will be no chaos in the party if I decide to run or choose to stay [as the prime minister]. The most important thing is the institutional structure of our party.”

First published in Al-Monitor

5/3/2014 The Spanish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria

Fernando Reinares and Carola García-Calvo

Since the start of the conflict in Syria, foreign fighters from various European countries have joined the war against the Bashar al-Assad regime. Spain has not been immune to this mobilization. According to Spanish counterterrorism officials, at least 17 Spanish residents joined jihadist groups in Syria between April 2012 and November 2013. Those jihadist groups include Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Harakat Sham al-Islam. Additionally, Spain’s corresponding security agencies in Morocco have identified three other Spanish residents who have traveled to fight with jihadist groups in Syria.

5/3/2014 Understanding Radicalization & Dynamics of Terrorist Networks Through Political-Psychology

Mr. Louis Fink

In a field dominated by political science, the study of radicalisation and terrorism is often weakened due to the absence of areas such as political-psychology. Despite the field beginning to embrace a wider multi-disciplinary approach there are only a few scholars who commit themselves to the study of radicalisation and terrorism through the lens of political-psychology. This paper will demonstrate the invaluable benefit political-psychology provides in understanding radicalisation and terrorism networks when used in conjunction with other disciplines. As such, political-psychology allows one to determine the normality of accused terrorists and understand how they manage to overcome mechanisms of self-censure to commit acts of indiscriminate violence. In addition, political-psychology allows the outsider to understand the internal dynamics of terrorist networks like: dependency, collective identity, leadership, competition and both internal and external rivalry. When utilised in conjunction with other disciplines, political-psychology allows law enforcement agencies and scholars to understand the radicalisation process and both the internal and external dynamics of terrorist networks to a greater extent, thus highlighting its necessity in an area that is only increasing in prominence.

19/2/2014 Karachi: The Futile Operation

Mr. Alok Bansal

In the early hours of 13 February 2014, a bus carrying personnel of the Special Security Unit (SSU), an elite group of the Sindh Police that provides security to important personalities and installations was targeted by a car bomb outside the Police Training Centre in Karachi. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the responsibility for the attack attributing it as a revenge for the killing of their companions by the police. The blast that killed 13 police commandoes and injured over 57 others made a mockery of the security forces’ claims of success in the ongoing operations in Karachi, the economic and financial hub of Pakistan.

10/2/2014 Balochistan: Deepening Catastrophe

The South Asia Intelligence Review (India)

On January 17-18, 2014, at least 13 highly decomposed bodies were found buried in the Tootak area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan Province. On February 4, 2014, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Khuzdar, Syed Abdul Hameed Shah, submitted a report to the Supreme Court, stating that 13 dead bodies had been recovered from a mass grave on the indication of a local shepherd who informed the DC's office. Balochistan Home Secretary Asad Jillani informed the Court that a one-man inquiry commission had been constituted and would complete its inquiry within one month. The Apex Court has now directed the Balochistan Government to submit DNA and inquiry commission reports on March 7, 2014.


5/2/2014 Pharmaceuticals: Target For terrorism

Dr. Miri Halperin Wernli and Dr. Boaz Ganor

Slowly and steadily, terrorism, like a malignant cancer, has entered our lives. What once was an occasional event on the other side of the world can no longer be ignored as someone else’s problem. Terrorists, alone, in cells, or part of expanding international networks, are affecting the way we live, the way we think, and the way we do business. Government facilities, planes, trains, ship, oil refineries, and luxury locations have all taken the biggest and most publicized hits.

First published in Life Science Leader

2/2/2014 Pipeline of Terror

Dr. Boaz Ganor and Dr. Miriam Halperin Wernli

As the knowledge of manufacturing drugs and the processes behind it increase, the industry could be leaving itself wide open to a potential terrorist attack if proper security controls are not implemented.

First published in European Biopharmaceutical Review.

12/1/2014 The Sixth Dimension has Taken Off

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gal Hirsch

The next Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) will consist of C6ISR formations, argues Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gal Hirsch in a unique, ground-breaking article. The sixth C stands for Commando - How is this associated with new age warfare?

First published by Israel Defense

9/1/2014 Foreign Fighter Involvement in Syria

Ms. J. Skidmore

As the conflict in Syria approaches its third year, increasing attention and concern are being paid to the conflict’s extremely high number of foreign fighters (FFs). Conservative estimates place the number of FFs in Syria between 6,000 – 12,000. Thus, Syria has attracted more FFs than any other previous conflict, and in particular, has attracted an enormous number of Western FFs. FFs pose various threats to both their home states and the current conflict. The staggering numbers of FFs in Syria therefore, have alarmed security officials who are faced with these threats. By outlining these various threats, assessing the Syrian conflict and its key actors, and the various FFs involved, this report seeks to explain why Syria has attracted so many FFs. Furthermore, this report proposes several essential measures necessary for counter strategies, specifically those developed by Western states. 

1/1/2014 Assessing the Terrorist Threat in the Tri-Border Area of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina

Ms. A. F. Trevisi

This report analyzes the terrorist and criminal activities in the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It aims to break down the terrorist threat that has emerged from this region by describing its context, considering which groups are present in the TBA and what activities they undertake, and connecting these with operations throughout the continent. Furthermore, it assesses regional and international efforts in the fight against criminal and terrorist organizations in the area. This analysis is based entirely on open sources.

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