The Threat and Death of Hamza bin-Laden

On August 12, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The Threat and Death of Hamza bin-Laden

Introduction Recent reports announced the death of Hamza bin Laden (HBL), the youngest son of Osama bin Laden and the heir apparent of the infamous terrorist group al-Qaeda. According to some media channels, he was killed within the first two years of the Trump administration.[1] Details about his death, including…

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…

North African Militancy – by Michael Godfrey

On April 12, 2013, Posted by , In Africa,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on North African Militancy – by Michael Godfrey

North Africa will be an area of primary concern for U.S. national security over the next twelve months. Since late 2010, this region has experienced sweeping protest movements, collectively referred to as the Arab Spring, that have caused widespread instability and severe shocks to the dynamics of the region. These shocks include the deposing of dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Most important to U.S. national security are stability issues caused by the ouster of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi in August 2011. The legacy of this revolution has been chaos in Libya, massive weapon proliferation, and a power vacuum in the region that has allowed al-Qaeda and its affiliates to have greater freedom of movement in Libya and neighboring areas such as Mali. Although U.S. security interests in North Africa also include Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan, policy makers should make issues in Libya and Mali their primary focus.

Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

On August 30, 2012, Posted by , In Latin America, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Moving Away From “War” in the Drug War

  A recent study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between 1987 and 2004 shows a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks following the enactment of humanitarian policies. The study provides some evidence to the argument that terror attacks can be reduced through “incentivizing peace rather than punishing violence.” These results…