Research Fellow, ICT and Director of Research, Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
Colonel ( Res) Dr Shaul Shay served 27 years in the IDF as a paratrooper officer and in the Military Intelligence. In the 1973 war he served as a paratrooper and in the first Lebanon war in 1982 he was the G2 of an armor brigade. In the 1990s he served as the head of counter terror branch and the intelligence officer of the Southern Command.
In the years 2000 – 2007 he was the head of the IDF Military History Department.
In the years 2007-2009 he was the deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC) of Israel.
Shaul Shay holds M.A and Phd degrees from the Bar Ilan University and he is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya ( IDC).
Shaul Shay is the director of research of the Institute for Policy and Strategy and a senior research fellow of the International Policy Institute for counter Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC), Israel.
Dr Shay is the author and the editor of 19 books, 11 of them were published in the USA and U.K. His last books are:
Israel and Islamic terror abductions (1986 – 2016) , Sussex Academic Publishers, Brighton, U.K.2016.
Somalia in transition since 2006, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2014.
The global jihad and the tactic of terror abductions, Sussex Academic Publishers, Brighton, U.K.2013.
Bahrain has been in turmoil since a 2011 uprising backed by majority Shia Muslims, supported by Iran, which demanded greater rights from the Sunni-led monarchy. The government crushed the protests with the help of its Sunni Arab Gulf allies. Sporadic violence and bomb attacks largely aimed at Bahraini security forces have become the norm since 2011.[i]
On February 11, 2017 the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters designated the militant Hasm group, which claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks on security forces as well as assassination attempts on public figures over the past year, as a terrorist group.
Somalia’s Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic group, Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, is making a "comeback" after having steadily lost ground over the past five years, first losing control of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 and then being pushed out of all of Somalia’s other major cities and towns. This was largely the achievement of the African Union force (AMISOM) composed of 21,000 soldiers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti, which is supported by the UN. The relatively weak Somalia army, with 35,000 troops, also participated in the operations.
Egypt, under the leadership of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, has developed a comprehensive strategy to fight the Islamic extremism that endangers the stability and security of Egypt and the region. The outcome of the struggle in Egypt, the biggest Arab country and the intellectual and cultural capital of the Arab Sunni world, has ramifications far beyond its borders.
The Iraqi city of Ramadi, a former ISIS stronghold, was liberated in a fierce battle between ISIS militants and government forces on December 27, 2015. Ramadi - the provincial capital in the Euphrates River Valley west of Baghdad - is the biggest city to have been recaptured from Islamic State by Iraq's army, and the first major victory for the U.S.-trained Iraqi army since it collapsed in the face of an assault by ISIS 18 months ago.