ATbar Shay, Shaul (Dr.)

Shay, Shaul (Dr.)

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.

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Jihad in the shadow of the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, some radical Islamic clerics believe the virus was perhaps sent by Allah because of the disobedience and sins of mankind. Other clerics claimed that the pandemic is edging the world closer to the Day of Judgement.[1]

[1] “Iranian, Saudi clerics believe coronavirus outbreak signals the 'near end of time',” The New Arab, March 17, 2020.

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Between Ankara and Mogadishu


Ankara is seeking to expand its influence beyond the Middle East to Africa in a bid to transform Turkey from the regional state into a sort of neo-Ottoman Empire. After concluding an agreement with Qatar to build Turkey's first military base abroad (2015), as a projection of its expanded geopolitical and economic presence in East Africa, Turkey opened its largest overseas military training camp in the Somali capital of Mogadishu in September 2017. Turkey is currently among the countries training and equipping Somali forces amid a security and developmental bilateral agreements with Mogadishu.

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Between "Blackhawk down" and Simba


While the US focuses on the campaign against Iran and the Iranian threats to avenge the death of Al Quds commander Qassem Soleimani, the US suffered an unexpected blow from the Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab, which attacked a US base in Kenya, causing the deaths of 3 Americans.

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The threat of Houthi unmanned explosives-laden boats

This article examines the threat posed by the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen.
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Saudi Arabia- the terror threat and the response

Over the past decades, Saudi Arabia was targeted by different terror groups: Iran affiliated Shia terror groups, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS). In response, it developed a comprehensive and effective approach to fostering security by countering and deterring terrorism.
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