Archive for May, 2010

Counterterrorism and al Qaeda

Here’s a great 1-hour presentation, “Understanding the Enemy: Counterterrorism and al Qaeda,” by Bill Braniff

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New Terrorism Research

Two new publications of interest for terrorism researchers:

The Sentinel, Vol. 3, Issue 5 (May 2010)

Contents include:

Riyaz Bhatkal and the Origins of the Indian Mujahidin, by Praveen Swami

Salafi-Jihadi Activism in Gaza: Mapping the Threat, by Benedetta BertiThe Virtual Jihad: An Increasingly Legitimate Form of Warfare, by Akil N. Awan

Internet Jihadists React to the Deaths of Al-Qa`ida’s Leaders in Iraq, by Abdul Hameed Bakier

The Kidnapping and Execution of Khalid Khwaja in Pakistan, by Rahimullah Yusufzai

The Sources of the Abu Sayyaf’s Resilience in the Southern Philippines, by Rommel C. Banlaoi

and much more . . .

Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume IV, Issue 2 (May 2010)

Contents include:

Interview with Ramadan Shallah, Secretary General, Palestinian Islamic Jihadas reported by Scott Atran and Robert Axelrod

The Impact of Terrorism on Democracy in Northern Irelandby Axel Schmidt

Irish Republicanism and the Internet: support for New Wave Dissidentsby Lorraine Bowman-Grieve

Through the Lenses of Hollywood: depictions of Terrorism in American Moviesby Thomas Riegler

Officially Blacklisted Extremist/Terrorist (Support) Organizations: a Comparison of Lists from six Countries and two International Organizations by Benjamin Freedman

and much more . . .

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2010 National Security Strategy

Today, the Obama administration released it’s new National Security Strategy.

Naturally, if you are visiting this website you will probably find this to be of interest. Personally, I’m pleased to see the new, stronger emphasis on global engagement. In today’s world of globalized transportation, finance and information, terrorist groups of any significance require a multinational response.

I was also interested to read John Brennan’s remarks at CSIS today . . .

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Conference Announcement – 2010 International Security Studies (ISAISSS/ISAC) annual conference (Providence, RI – October 14-16, 2010)

Conference Announcement – Terrorism and New Media: Building a Research Network (Dublin City University, 8-9 September 2010) – Plenary speakers include Jarret Brachman and John Horgan

Call for Authors: Praeger Security International series – the PSI Guides to Terrorists, Insurgents, and Armed Groups (now includes organized criminal networks, gangs, etc.)

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