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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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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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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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Migrant crisis & human rights

Police chiefs in Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia recently announced stricter measures to control the entry of migrants using the Balkan Land Route. This article reports criticism from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, citing the absence of … Continue reading

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Terrorism increased in 2014

The number of people killed in terrorist incidents was more than 32,000 in 2014, up from 18,000 in 2013, according to this report. Over half were attributed to ISIL or Boko Haram and 3/4 occurred in just 5 countries — … Continue reading

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Investigating bombings

This article describes the work of the FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) that has processed more than 100,000 IEDs since 2003. The center does forensic analysis on bombing evidence from all over the world and maintains an extensive … Continue reading

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Protecting cultural heritage

Recent events in Syria remind us of the toll that war and terror can exact on irreplaceable historical sites and artifacts. This article provides a thorough discussion of the international legal framework for protecting cultural heritage, including roles for Interpol … Continue reading

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