International Terrorism

AQIM’s existing –and disrupted– plans in –and from– the Sahel

Fernando Reinares. Expert Comment 32/2013 - 16/4/2013.

The French military intervention in northern Mali has disrupted the Jihadist condominium that is being established there. However, this should not be taken to mean that AQIM, the terrorist organisation leading the joint project with its likeminded partners, has been defeated or even critically damaged. Nor that it has given up its plans as a global Jihad actor.

The EU’s Approach to Recent Developments in the Sahelian Terrorist Sanctuary

Fernando Reinares. Expert Comment 23/2012 - 1/10/2012.

Helping to prevent the consolidation of a jihadist condominium in northern Mali, including support for regionally concerted military action, should lead Europeans to reflect on their own responsibility in the growth of terrorism in the area.

FATA in Northern Mali?

Fernando Reinares. Expert Comment 15/2012 - 31/7/2012.

Between April and June of 2012 three Jihadist organisations have managed to jointly impose their rigorist Islamist control over some 1.5 million inhabitants in northern Mali, a vast desert area of around 850,000 square kilometres between Mauritania, Algeria and Niger.

Global Terrorism and Nuclear Proliferation after 9/11 (ARI)

Robert S. Litwak. ARI 151/2011 - 21/11/2011.

Arguably, the more likely route by which terrorists might gain access to nuclear or other WMD capabilities is not through the possible collaboration between ‘rogue states’ and terrorist groups but through theft from improperly-secured sites in countries like Pakistan.

Australian Jihad: Radicalisation and Counter-Terrorism (ARI)

Sam Mullins. ARI 140/2011 - 18/10/2011.

‘Home-grown’ Islamist terrorism has developed in Australia in a comparable pattern to other Western countries. The Australian counter-terrorism strategy is similar to that in the UK, including the recent introduction of community-based preventive initiatives.

A Critical Assessment of the US National Strategy for Counterterrorism: A Missed Opportunity? (ARI)

Paul Smith. ARI 128/2011 - 7/9/2011.

Neither the new 2011 US National Strategy for Counterterrorism, nor the recently published counter-radicalisation strategy provide a template upon which Federal, State and local law enforcement and civilian agencies could effectively plan the future US defence against terrorism. Has an opportunity been lost?

The Impact of the Arab Awakening on Muslim Radicalization in Europe: A Preliminary Assessment (ARI)

Lorenzo Vidino. ARI 120/2011 - 14/7/2011.

While it is premature to draw conclusions, there are reasons to believe that the events of the Arab Awakening are not triggering a wave of radicalisation among European Muslims but might actually decrease it.

Current Moroccan Anti-Terrorism Policy (ARI)

Jack Kalpakian. ARI 89/2011 - 13/5/2011.

Legal, social and religious reforms shape Morocco’s counter-terrorism. Though the policy has worked, in general, there have been reversals with human rights shortcomings and corruptions which affect these reforms. Returning to reform in counterterrorism should involve the Moroccan public.

Al-Qaeda’s Persistent Sanctuary (ARI)

Seth G. Jones. ARI 67/2011 - 13/4/2011.

With growing instability across the Arab world, it has become de rigueur to argue that the primary al-Qaeda threat now comes from the Persian Gulf or North Africa. While these regions certainly present a threat to Western security, al-Qaeda’s primary command and control structure remains situated in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions.

Beyond Protection: In the Wake of the Moscow Domodedovo Airport Terrorist Attack (ARI)

Ekaterina Stepanova. ARI 19/2011 - 3/2/2011.

The failure of counterintelligence to prevent and pre-emptively disrupt terrorist plans and networks is highlighted in this paper as the single most critical flaw highlighted by the Domodedovo attack and other recent terrorist incidents in Russia.