Category Archives: Terrorism

Managing Priorities in a World (that seems) on Fire

I am glad that I am not Barack Obama, Ashton Carter, John Kerry, and the many other American officials that are crafting our foreign policy in this currently very complicated world. One of the biggest challenges in foreign policy is … Continue reading

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The Threat of WMD Terrorism

Terrorist groups have shown a great capacity for organizational learning.  Once a tactic is proven to be effective by one group, it spreads to others.  This has been shown by the spread of suicide bombing, but also by other tactics … Continue reading

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Do Governments need to take Extreme measures to fight Terrorism?

There has been a long standing debate about how states can best protect their citizens from terrorist violence.  Within these responses there is a scale that emerges between those who believe that there is no acceptable level of risk of … Continue reading

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Why People Become Terrorists

Terrorism is like anything else, there are as many different reasons why people are terrorists as there are terrorists themselves.  There have been efforts to construct profiles of typical terrorists, but so far this effort has been unsuccessful.  Even efforts … Continue reading

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10 Key Takeaways about Terrorism

  Terrorism is not exclusively a modern phenomenon, but has existed in human history since at least the first century AD.  A wide range of groups, including religious, right wing, left wing, and ethnic separatists, have resorted to the use … Continue reading

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Can Terrorist groups be succesful?

Most terrorism groups never last long enough to achieve their objectives, at least 90% of terrorist groups last less than a year, and even those that do are rarely successful. [1]  Part of the nature of this lack of success is … Continue reading

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Defining Terrorism: difficulty in devising a universal meaning

Terrorism is a difficult term to define in a neutral manner.  Efforts to come up with a legal definition of terrorism in the United Nations failed due to states being unable to agree what is a legitimate use of violence … Continue reading

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Book Review- Hernando De Soto’s The Other Path

In Hernando De Soto’s book, The Other Path, he argues that a leading cause of Peru’s economic and terrorist problems stem from the difficulty of joining the formal market for things like transportation, forming a business, and even acquiring housing.  … Continue reading

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Following the Money, the financial tools available to fight Organized Crime

Fighting organized crime and carrying out the “war on drugs” presents several unique challenges to law enforcement.  Many organized crime groups operate in a culture of Omerta, or the virtue of silence.  In this culture, it is prohibited to provide … Continue reading

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The Criminal-Terror Nexus, exploring connections between Terrorism and Organized Crime

In recent decades, the connections and similarities between terrorism and organized crime have increasingly grown.  Long time terrorist groups like the FARC in Colombia or the PKK in Turkish Kurdistan have been dedicating more and more time and resources to … Continue reading

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