Violence and Security

  • ECJ Approves Hamas Terror Designation

    August 11, 2017

    The underlying facts of the Court of Justice of the EU's (ECJ) decision to continue the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization reveal both the group's funding support from the Islamic theocracy of Iran and its cooperation with Islamic State (IS) militants in the Egyptian Sinai for purposes of global jihad.

  • Experts Call for Economic Development to Secure Post-Islamist Syria

    August 11, 2017

    US security experts are arguing for the swift, sizable commitment of funds by Western powers for the reconstruction and economic development of Syria as a smart diplomatic move to minimize the chance of Islamist extremist resurgence after the military defeat of the Islamic State.

  • IS Used eBay, PayPal to Fund Possible US Terror Ops

    August 11, 2017

    Unsealed FBI legal documents reveal that a US Islamic State (IS) suspect was part of a robust global finance scheme using eBay and PayPal to channel funds for possible Islamist terror operations inside America.

  • Al-Aqsa Crisis Leads to Consolidation of Islamic Leadership

    August 10, 2017

    A significant unintended consequence of the Israeli authorities' moves to upgrade security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem has been the consolidation of a coalition of the city's Islamic religious leadership.

  • France Apprehends Suspect in Paris Attack on Soldiers

    August 10, 2017

    French security officials have apprehended the main suspect in this week's car attack on French police patrolling Paris, as public tensions have spiked due to the possibility that the assault may be another episode in the use of vehicles by Islamist militants to perpetrate local incidents of jihad.

  • Security Experts Look to Cults for Clues on Islamist Extremism

    August 10, 2017

    US and UK security experts are analyzing the ideology, leadership, and institutional dynamics of historical cults to understand the similarities with contemporary Islamist extremist movements and to develop effective measures to counter the psychological and material tactics of jihadi radicalization and recruitment.

  • Evolution of Islamism Shows Adaptive Use of Modern Tools

    August 09, 2017

    The evolution and globalization of Islamism reveals the adaptive use of modern political and social tools aimed at replacing popular sovereignty and secular states with a transnational sharia-based order.

  • Westernized Jihadi Vernacular Weaponizes Language

    August 09, 2017

    The emergence of jihadi discourses whose broad appeal is driven by the combination of Western vernaculars with Islamist militant theology complicates efforts to counter extremist Islamism in Western societies and weaponizes language to change ideas and behaviors.

  • UNESCO Advances "Inclusive" Textbooks in South Sudan

    August 08, 2017

    Following the country's development of its first national curriculum, the UN Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) supported a "capacity building workshop" in South Sudan on the production and evaluation of textbooks that aim to make children "tolerant and welcoming of others," in line with the UN agency's agenda for "global citizenship education."

  • Iran Dismantles IS Cell

    August 08, 2017

    In a sign that Islamist sectarian competition is disrupting the domestic order of the biggest patron-state exporters of radical Islamism, Iranian Intelligence announced the dismantling of a domestic Islamic State (IS) cell that was planning a series of attacks on the country's Shiite religious sites to coincide with the upcoming inauguration ceremony of Iran's President.

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