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4/4/2013 Israeli Security Concerns and the Balkans

Chris Deliso

Heading into April 2013, Israel is confronted with a complexity of issues in the greater Middle East. These include: chronic political disagreements at home; the Syrian conflict next door, with its possibility to affect Lebanon; volatile unrest in Egypt; the precarious condition of Cyprus and the effect of this on possible future joint energy projects; an intensified threat from Iran and Hezbollah, and strategizing how to handle Turkish diplomatic moves following the (US-brokered) rapprochement. These moves may include an emotive emphasis on the Palestinian issue, which would increase existing anti-Israeli prejudices in the larger Muslim world.

 

   First published by Balkanalysis.com

 


4/4/2013 Islamic Radicalization in the UK

Anna Wojtowicz

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the process of radicalization amongst British Muslims in the United Kingdom. It begins with a review of the Muslim population, demographics and community structure. Further presenting several internal and external indicators that influenced and led to radicalization of Muslim youth in Britain. The paper concludes that there is no one certainty for what causes radicalization amongst Muslims in United Kingdom. However, it is certain that Islamic radicalization and the emergence of a homegrown threat is a growing trend that jeopardizes the countries security, peace and stability. Radicalization in the United Kingdom is an existing concern that needs to be addressed and acted upon immediately. Misunderstanding or underestimating the threat may lead to further and long term consequences.

 


27/3/2013 Drama, but not yet a reconciliation: Israel and Turkey

Dr. Ely Karmon

Israel and Turkey, not to mention the U.S., have strong interests in making a reconciliation work. But three years of mistrust will not evaporate overnight, especially bearing in mind the warm relations Turkey's leader Erdogan has with Hamas.

First published by Haaretz

 


7/3/2013 Chavez and Ahmadinejad: End of a Love Affair

Dr. Ely Karmon

The late Venezuelan President Chavez was Iran's go-between for Latin America, and probably the most open apologist for Hezbollah in the region. The symbiotic relationship between Chavez and Ahmadinejad was also grounded on their visceral anti-Semitism.

First published by Haaretz

 


13/2/2013 Bulgaria Implicates Hezbollah in the Burgas Bombing – The European Dilemma

Dr. Ely Karmon

The Bulgarian government had the political courage to declare officially that Hezbollah was involved in the July 18, 2012 terrorist bombing of Israeli tourists at Burgas airport.

Will the European Union finally reconsider designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as Israel, and the United States, have urged? 

There are two main issues that influence the European countries’ decision: the apprehension that Hezbollah could retaliate on their territory and the evaluation that its designation as a terrorist organization “could destabilize” Lebanon.


15/1/2013 Post-Mortem Profile of Sheikh Hisham Ali Abd al-Karim Saidani

Kane Rooks

Ever since Hamas violently took over control of the Gaza in June 2007, several Salafi groups including Tawhid Al-Jihad have become more powerful and have been linked to global Jihad. The goal of such Jihadi groups is to wage an all-out war on anything modern or western and even non-Islamic Palestinians. In addition, they also attack any Muslim who does not conform to Sharia law such as Hamas. In his fight to make Gaza more Islamist, Tawhid Al-Jihad has recently (November 2012) joined forces with Jund Ansar Allah (another Al-Qaeda Salafist group), to create a Salafist council called the Majles Shoura Al-Mujahideen of Jerusalem or MSC, which can be described as an umbrella organization for Gazan Salafist-Jihadist groups with links to global Jihad. 

 


15/1/2013 Balochistan: Continuing Carnage

Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

At least 117 persons were killed and over 206 injured in three separate bomb blasts in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on January 10, 2013. At 8.30 pm, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a snooker club on Alamdar Road, which has two Shia prayer halls. Bomb disposal squad officers said an estimated six to seven kilograms of explosive was used by the suicide bomber. Within a 10-minute gap, as Police, rescuers and media persons rushed to the site, another bomb fixed to a vehicle parked nearby went off. An estimated 100 kilograms of explosives was used in the second blast. The twin blasts killed 105 persons and injured another 169.

 


13/1/2013 Islamic Radicalization in France

Adèle Bigot

For roughly a decade, Islamic terrorism has become one of the main threats to the security of Western societies. The recent attacks aimed at various Western countries have proven that the radicalization of Islamism is now closely tied to the issue of terrorism. This recent radicalization is a common feature in Western societies which find themselves challenged by homegrown as well as international terrorism. The challenge requires countries to find a way to implement efficient counter-terrorist measures. Therefore, it seems necessary to focus on the process of radicalization in order to identify its origins and possibly prevent this phenomenon.

 


10/1/2013 Hezbollah And Spain Presence And Attention: Discreet, But Relevant

Carlos Echeverría Ph.D.

The research of the presence and interest in Spain and our interests abroad by the Lebanese Party of God (henceforth, Hezbollah) compels us to consider two dimensions: this terrorist group’s little, quite unknown visibility on Spanish soil, ans well as this group’s interest in Spanish citizens and their interests beyond its borders, with a special attention on the diplomatic and military presence of Spain in Lebanon. It has also been necessary sometimes to incorporate in our analysis direct references to the Islamic Republic of Iran since this country and Hezbollah have very close ties.

First published by Friends of Israel Initiative


24/12/2012 Countering Radicalization in Europe

Lorenzo Vidino and James Brandon

Since the mid-2000s, several European countries have developed comprehensive counter-radicalization strategies seeking to de-radicalize or disengage committed militants and, with even greater intensity, prevent the radicalization of new ones. The report describes the genesis, main characteristics, aims, underlying philosophies, and challenges experienced by counterradicalization strategies in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, the four European countries with the most extensive counter-radicalization initiatives. The report focuses exclusively on jihadist radicalization, although it should be noted that all these countries have at least some activities targeting other forms of extremism as well.

A policy report published by The International Center for the Study of Radicalisation

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