Does Malaysia have concrete counterterrorism strategies to mitigate potential terrorist attacks?
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Does Malaysia have concrete counterterrorism strategies to mitigate potential terrorist attacks?

By: Munira Mustaffa While Indonesia successfully demonstrated remarkable resilience with her defiant cry of “Kami tidak takut” (“We are not intimidated”) on social media after the January 2016 attack,[1] there are some uncertainties that the same level of fortitude can be witnessed in Malaysia should a Daesh-inspired attack happen.[2] This raises some pressing debates about Malaysia’s … Continue reading

Turning technology from an asset into a liability: using big data to fight ISIS
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Turning technology from an asset into a liability: using big data to fight ISIS

By: Sabina Ciofu Unlike any other terrorist organisation, the so-called Islamic State has consistently and efficiently made use of social media tools for self-promotion and recruitment. With an estimated 200,000 tweets a day for at least the last couple of years, it is by far the most aggressive social media offensive we have ever seen … Continue reading

Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics
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Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics

This introductory piece is the first in a four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment.  By: Andrea Varsori The general understanding of how criminal organisations work implies that the leaders of those groups are mostly discreet, business-minded folks[1]. After all, criminal organisations have one, big task … Continue reading

ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel
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ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel

By: Annabelle Vuille Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel is the founder and head of the Swiss think tank Institut für Strategische Studien [Institute for Strategic Studies]. He has taught strategic studies at the Military Academy of the ETH Zürich and holds the title of honorary professor in the same field at the University of Zürich. … Continue reading

Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL
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Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL

By: Lai Ki Cheng* On January 14th 2016, Indonesia experienced its most hard-felt kinetic strike by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the Daesh militancy) in its capital of Jakarta. The city first experienced explosions from Indonesian ISIL militants followed by a series of firearm engagements. Attacks were coordinated to target … Continue reading