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Libya’s civil war & the importance of strategic sequencing

May 6, 2016

By: Robert Andrea One of the most overlooked aspects in strategic deliberations is that of sequencing. It is much more common for the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of a policy to receive the lion’s share of analysis. Despite this, the order in which the segments of a strategy are implemented can often be just as … Continue reading “Libya’s civil war & the importance of strategic sequencing”


Does Malaysia have concrete counterterrorism strategies to mitigate potential terrorist attacks?

April 29, 2016

By: Munira Mustaffa While Indonesia successfully demonstrated remarkable resilience with her defiant cry of “Kami tidak takut” (“We are not intimidated”) on social media after the January 2016 attack,[1] there are some uncertainties that the same level of fortitude can be witnessed in Malaysia should a Daesh-inspired attack happen.[2] This raises some pressing debates about Malaysia’s … Continue reading “Does Malaysia have concrete counterterrorism strategies to mitigate potential terrorist attacks?”


Turning technology from an asset into a liability: using big data to fight ISIS

April 1, 2016

By: Sabina Ciofu Unlike any other terrorist organisation, the so-called Islamic State has consistently and efficiently made use of social media tools for self-promotion and recruitment. With an estimated 200,000 tweets a day for at least the last couple of years, it is by far the most aggressive social media offensive we have ever seen … Continue reading “Turning technology from an asset into a liability: using big data to fight ISIS”


ISIS and the Flood: the hydro-politics behind the rise (and fall) of Daesh

March 25, 2016

EDITORS NOTE: This is the fourth and final article in a four-part series which explores the role of water in human conflict and politics. The series marks (though is not affiliated with) World Water Day 2016, a UN initiative to promote awareness of water issues. More information on World Water Day can be found here. … Continue reading “ISIS and the Flood: the hydro-politics behind the rise (and fall) of Daesh”


Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics

February 15, 2016

This introductory piece is the first in a four-part series exploring the relationship between organised crime and terrorism in a 21st century security environment.  By: Andrea Varsori The general understanding of how criminal organisations work implies that the leaders of those groups are mostly discreet, business-minded folks[1]. After all, criminal organisations have one, big task … Continue reading “Organised crime and terrorism Part I: Godfathers and bombs – organised crime and terrorist tactics”


ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel

February 12, 2016

By: Annabelle Vuille Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel is the founder and head of the Swiss think tank Institut für Strategische Studien [Institute for Strategic Studies]. He has taught strategic studies at the Military Academy of the ETH Zürich and holds the title of honorary professor in the same field at the University of Zürich. … Continue reading “ISIS and its conduct of war: interview with Professor Dr. Albert A. Stahel”


Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL

February 11, 2016

By: Lai Ki Cheng* On January 14th 2016, Indonesia experienced its most hard-felt kinetic strike by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the Daesh militancy) in its capital of Jakarta. The city first experienced explosions from Indonesian ISIL militants followed by a series of firearm engagements. Attacks were coordinated to target … Continue reading “Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL”


Daesh in Pakistan: The allure for the urban militant – Part II

February 8, 2016

By: Zoha Waseem Daesh, otherwise referred to as Islamic State or ISIL, has been expanding its presence around the world beyond its stronghold in Syria and Iraq. In the coming weeks, Strife will be focussing a number of articles more closely on emerging areas of concern in Asia, speaking with practitioners on the ground and … Continue reading “Daesh in Pakistan: The allure for the urban militant – Part II”


Malaysia's Daesh problem: extremism in the shadow of moderation

October 1, 2015

By Munira Mustaffa: Regional analysts and Western pundits may be inclined to wonder why Daesh’s[1] influence still persists in Malaysia, despite concerted efforts to combat the group.[2] The answer lies in the fact that with a population of approximately 240 million Muslims in the region, Southeast Asia is an ideal ground for Daesh’s radicalisation ventures. … Continue reading “Malaysia's Daesh problem: extremism in the shadow of moderation”


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