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ICT’s Research and Publications include short analyses and in-depth publications on a wide variety of topics including: terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, radicalization process, cyber-terrorism, reviews from Jihadi Websites and insights from our database.


The Social Psychology of Suicide Terrorism

19/10/2014 | by de la Corte Ibáñez, Luis

This paper outlines a psychosocial approach to suicide terrorist attacks. We develop this explanation in two consecutive stages. First, we offer a characterization of suicide terrorism from a psychosocial point of view, which involves a critical review of several hypothesis and ideas about the nature and causes of the phenomenon. Second, we address the multi-dimensional dynamic which is inherent to the development of any organized suicide terrorist campaign. We try to answer three critical questions: why terrorist organizations move their tactics to a martyrdom strategy; why individual may radicalized their attitudes at the point to become a suicide bomber; and why people would support suicide tactics. 

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The Rhetoric of Hassan Nasrallah during the Second Lebanon War

12/07/2009 | by Cohen, Ronen (Col. Res.)
This research is concerned with rhetoric of a leader during war, as a tool which can be used both to understand his actions and to make decisions about how to confront him. In the research, the rhetoric used by the leader of Hezbollah organization during the Second Lebanon War will be examined. In this paper, the Second Lebanon War will be used as a case study for the understanding of the development in Nasrallah’s perception of the balance of powers in the Lebanese campaign (July 12th-August 14th 2006), as was heard and seen in his media appearances. Such an insight may also aid decision-making processes, policy management, and activation of the Israeli security system in the future.
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Psycho-Strategic Analysis of the Qaedat Al-Jihad Leadership: Past, Present and Near Future

18/07/2008 | by Popovich, Elad

The 'Qaedat Al Jihad' organization is currently undergoing a change in leadership, from the leadership of Osama Bin Laden to the leadership of his deputy Ayman Al Zawahiri, a change which in effect has / will cause a transition in the organization's strategy. This transition in strategy is leading the organization back to Zawahiri's old outlook while prioritizing the immediate enemy: moving focus away from mainly attacking the United States and western countries, and prioritizing attacks on "corrupt" Muslim regimes in the area, diminishing western influences in the Middle East, and intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Lebanese conflicts (including attacks on Jews the world over).
Should the current multinational presence (and that of the United States in particular) in Iraq and Afghanistan not continue, the organization could shift from defensive to offensive and harm many American and western interests in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and even in the United States and Europe.

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Creating a Citizenry Prepared for Terrorism: Education, Media, and Public Awareness

01/06/2005 | by Pries-Shimshi, Yael

In order to achieve the desired political goal, the terrorist must first achieve a vital intermediate goal, which is the creation of an irrational and prolonged sense of anxiety amongst the target population.

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