Category Archive: Counter-terrorism

The Islamic State: Libya as a new stronghold?

“A lot of things need to happen before Libyans either side have the capability and capacity to take action against these radical groups” Professor Dirk Vandewalle (Dartmouth College) analyzes the probability of the… Continue reading

The Islamic State: Tunisia’s response to the threat

“We need an early warning system within communities in Tunisia” Dr Moncef Kartas elaborates on the role the Tunisian government can take to prevent young people from joining the Islamic State. Rather than… Continue reading

Security Sector Reform in Tunisia: A lost cause?

In the wake of the Ben Ali regime, Security Sector Reform in Tunisia still remains  a major challenge for the nascant democratic state. Civil society organizations, Dr. Moncef Kartas (project coordinator of the… Continue reading

Killing Al-Baghdadi: the end of the Caliphate or part of the narrative?

“IS and all jihadis believe that there is going to be war until the day of reckoning. A Caliphate will be re-constituted before the end times. But there are 12 Caliphs before the… Continue reading

Bernard Haykel on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

“IS is a symptom of a deep feeling amongst Sunni Arabs of being disenfranchised. […] It is the same sentiment that led to the emergence of Al-Qaeda.” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department… Continue reading

How Islamic is the Islamic State?

“To say that IS is outside of the interpretive parameters of Islam is factually incorrect. […] There is no question that these people are drawing inspiration from Islamic texts. And they know these… Continue reading

Who is MINUSMA fighting?

“If it was easy, they would not have asked us!” Colonel Joost de Wolf has been working in the Netherlands Marine Corps for 30 years. On Thursday 17 April he was sent to… Continue reading

The UN in Mali: Colonel de Wolf on the conflict, the Tuareg and MINUSMA’s role

“MINUSMA is waiting for more enablers – technologically advanced military forces – before they can move up to Kidal. After the Dutch and the Swedes have arrived, we can move up to Kidal… Continue reading

Drones: setting a Precedent?

The use of drones has increased tremendously. Willemijn Verkoren (director at CICAM) argues that the current use of drones by America for targeted killings is clearly in violation of regular international and military… Continue reading

Drones as Self-Defense: the need for a Drone Court

How is the principle of self-defense used to legitimize the US drone strikes? Amos Guiora (Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law) analyzes… Continue reading

Guiora: the Drone Paradigm

Amos Guiora warns that the current American use of drones creates a deeply troubling paradigm. Guiora is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law… Continue reading

Drones: weighing the pros and cons

The use of drones has grown immensely, with the American air force now training more drone operators than fighter and bomber pilots. Willemijn Verkoren (director at CICAM) problematizes the use of drones by… Continue reading

Drones: Comparing Israel and America

What are the differences between the drone policies of the US and Israel? Amos Guiora (Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law)… Continue reading