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Italy’s Counterterrorism Strategy – A Stroke of Fortune or an Example to Europe?

On December 12, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Italy’s Counterterrorism Strategy – A Stroke of Fortune or an Example to Europe?

“Aside from a small number of low-level plots either thwarted or failed, there have not been any successful terrorist attacks on Italian soil since 9/11, a trend that has remained true since the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in 2014” (Vidino 2017). Why is this the case? Why has…

The Case to Delist ETA

Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) is a Basque separatist group that formed in 1959. For a half-century, ETA actively perpetrated over a hundred terror attacks across Spain and France. The ultimate political goal was that of a unified and independent Basque land that comprises the Basque region in northern Spain and…

U.N. Assessment of Islamic Extremist Terror Threats – Europe and Africa

On August 3, 2019, Posted by , In Africa,Europe, By ,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on U.N. Assessment of Islamic Extremist Terror Threats – Europe and Africa

By Sam Jacobsen A United Nations Security Council communication released in July warned that although the incidence rate of Islamic-motivated terrorism has declined in the last months, the terror threat is still high. The Security Council noted that while ISIL no longer has any geographic holdings, its presence in Iraq…

Kommersant Firings and Russian Free Speech

On June 3, 2019, Posted by , In Europe,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Kommersant Firings and Russian Free Speech

By Marren Haneberg Eleven reporters from Kommersant quit on May 20 after two of their colleagues were fired for refusing to reveal their sources in a report about “a possible change of leadership in the upper chamber of parliament” (RFE/RL). These reporters made up the entire political staff at Kommersant,…

Algerian Presidential Turmoil

On May 25, 2019, Posted by , In Africa,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Algerian Presidential Turmoil

By Sam Jacobsen Beginning in February 2019, Algeria played host to months of fierce protesting over wheelchair-bound President Bouteflika’s bid for re-election that was scheduled to take place in April. The election was subsequently postponed by interim President Bensalah to July 4th. Speculation has been rife in Algeria as well…