Category Archives: Middle East

Predicting terrorism

This blog post by terrorism expert Brian Jenkins discusses the difficult challenge of predicting attacks. He notes that, outside of conflict zones, terror incidents remain infrequent — in 2015, “74 percent of all fatalities occurred in five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, … Continue reading

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Why stopping terrorism is so difficult

This article by the director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism succinctly summarizes what has been learned from analysis of every terror attack in the world since 1970 — 156,000 attacks committed by … Continue reading

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ISIS in Turkey

This article provides an in-depth analysis of the New Year’s Eve nightclub massacre in Istanbul that left 39 dead and 71 wounded. The attack was carried out by an ethnic Uzbek “sleeper operative,” born in Kyrgyzstan, on orders from his handler in … Continue reading

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Fighting internet-facilitated child abuse

This press release announces an award given to the assistant director of Interpol’s Vulnerable Communities Unit for lifetime achievement in support of online safety. In this video the recipient, Mick Moran, describes efforts made over 20 years to reduce the … Continue reading

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2016 corruption perceptions index

Transparency International has released its annual report on corruption perceptions in 176 countries around the world, available here. The index incorporates multiple data sources about public sector corruption, including but not limited to police. Somalia remains in last place with … Continue reading

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The jihadi threat

The respected US Institute of Peace has released a report on terrorism, violent extremism, and the jihadi threat based on the views of 20 experts representing 17 think tanks and universities. The report describes the emergence of ISIS, traces the evolution … Continue reading

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Interpol updates

At its annual General Assembly in Bali, Interpol declined Taiwan’s request to participate in observer status, and declined the Palestinian application to become a member state. On the sidelines, Interpol signed a cooperation agreement with GCCPOL, the new regional association … Continue reading

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