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

The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan
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The limits of US security cooperation in Jordan

By: Peter Kirechu The most notable feature of President Barack Obama’s partnership-based counterterrorism doctrine­–roughly defined–is its central focus on training and arming local security services to independently deal with emerging terrorism threats. The President’s doctrine is unfortunately fraught with inconsistent performance of US-trained security services, especially among fragile states in the Middle East and beyond. … 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 IV: Setting examples: Violence as communication in Mexico’s Cartel War
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Organised crime and terrorism Part IV: Setting examples: Violence as communication in Mexico’s Cartel War

This is the fourth, and final, piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first, second, and third parts can be found here, here, and here, respectively. By: Joe Atkins Too often, some conflicts attract attention only when something abnormally brutal happens. This occurred … Continue reading

Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks
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Organised crime and terrorism Part III: Letters from Dubai: D-Company’ and the ‘93 Mumbai terror attacks

This is the third piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The first and second parts can be found here and here, respectively. By: Andrea Varsori Rags-to-riches criminal overlords do not normally lack ambition; yet, most of them do not aim to claim … Continue reading

Organised crime and terrorism Part II: Negotiating with bombs – The Sicilian mafia’s attempts at intimidating the Italian state
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Organised crime and terrorism Part II: Negotiating with bombs – The Sicilian mafia’s attempts at intimidating the Italian state

This is the second piece in Strife’s four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment. The First part can be found here. By: Martin Stein In the night between 26 and 27 May 1993, a wide deflagration stuck Florence, seemingly from its medieval centre. A car bomb, … Continue reading