To Ensure Deradicalisation Programmes Are Effective, Better Evaluation Practices Must First Be Implemented
Given the increasing number of ISIS foreign fighters seeking re-entry into the UK, a better understanding of deradicalization programs is essential. More robust and transparent evaluation processes for intervention programs should be implemented before confidence in their effectiveness can be established.
Mar 4, 2019 Georgetown Security Studies Review
The importance of social media in projecting violent extremist propaganda and recruiting foreign fighters is well documented. As ISIS attempts to regroup and recuperate, investigating its strategic use of information and communication technologies in its communication with civilians could be important to understanding the group's plans to regain territorial control.
Dec 11, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review
Though physical impacts of terrorism in the Middle East should be the main focus of counterterrorism efforts, financial impacts should not be ignored. Officials could help mitigate devastating economic effects by identifying and protecting essential regional revenue streams like tourism and oil.
Sep 24, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review
A nuclear terrorist attack is currently not a realistic threat. It would require an unprecedented level of sophistication from terrorists. The majority of terrorist attacks are conducted with conventional explosives.
Jul 27, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review
Risks for serious tensions in the Arctic during the 2020s are likely to be overstated. Key players in the Arctic appear likely to continue working together to enhance the economic potential of the region and resolve conflicts before they emerge, as opportunities in the Arctic continue to grow.
Jul 12, 2018 The RAND Blog
Europol is a highly effective organization that is essential to addressing transnational crime in today's interconnected world. Britain could make continuing membership in Europol one of its highest priorities during Brexit negotiations.
Jun 18, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review
What constitutes 'terrorism' remains contested. Moreover, should groups who incite hatred be held responsible for attacks and labelled as terrorists even if they don't directly participate in the violence?
Jun 4, 2018 The National Interest
The persistence of al Qaeda and ISIS underscores terrorist groups' adaptability in the 21st century. Both organizations maintain global, regional, and local influence in the face of immense pressure. As terrorist groups fall, the West should watch them closely to prevent a resurgence.
Apr 9, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review
The International Criminal Court may be the most ideal institution to try accused terrorists. The court would take into account the legal status of terrorists, the nationalities of their victims, and the location of the crimes — while upholding the core values of Western democracies.
Mar 9, 2018 Georgetown Security Studies Review
Since the fall of the ISIS caliphate in late 2017, Western societies have expressed concern about the possibility of returning foreign fighters. It is not just returning men that worry governments. The prospect of women, known as “jihadi brides,” returning to the West, often with children born under ISIS rule, is also a potential problem.
Feb 28, 2018 The National Interest
Bitcoin has become the prominent currency of the dark web, which is often used to buy illegal goods, such as weapons and drugs. Anecdotal evidence suggests terrorists are using cryptocurrency and the dark web, but further investigation is needed.
Jan 22, 2018 Georgetown University Security Studies Review
ISIS has been one of the most formidable and well-organized terrorist groups in history and it would be naive to assume that ISIS will simply cease operations in the face of recent losses. More likely, the group, along with its many followers, will attempt to disperse to a new base, and parts of Africa are likely targets for a new caliphate.
Nov 15, 2017 The National Interest
A Syria and Iraq free of ISIS do not, unfortunately, free the West from the ISIS threat. Instead, ISIS is likely to either disperse, with its followers prepared to carry out a range of further attacks, or attempt to regroup in the fragile states of Africa.
Nov 3, 2017 Georgetown Security Studies Review