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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”


International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity

March 8, 2016

Author’s note: Much of the reference to Yemen was drawn from the recent publication: “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges”[1] (2015).   By: Joana Cook Today marks the 2016 International Women’s Day, where the year’s theme “Pledge for Parity” promotes areas extending from helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, calling for gender-balanced leadership, … Continue reading “International Women’s Day: The impact of conflict on parity”


The Libya Complex: From International Interference to Impotence

March 2, 2016

By: Laura Hawkes When attempting to formulate an effective international response to conflicts the crucial question looms: what comes first, diplomacy or eliminating an insurgency? In the context of Libya, this inevitable question has haunted the international community, causing stalled reactions rendering their positions weak. In the aftermath of the 2011 Libyan revolution which saw … Continue reading “The Libya Complex: From International Interference to Impotence”


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”


Finding context in the chaos of the Islamic State

November 14, 2015

By: Aaron Noonan Weiss, Michael D and Hassan Hassan, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. New York: Regan Arts., 2015. Pages: 288. £10.99 (paperback). ISBN-10: 1941393578 In a defiant interview with The Sunday Telegraph in October 2011, just as the Syrian uprising was beginning to transition to civil war, President Bashar al-Assad declared: ‘Any problem … Continue reading “Finding context in the chaos of the Islamic State”


Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work

July 15, 2015

By Samar Batrawi and Bradley Lineker: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. New York, USA: Harper Collins., 2015. Pages: 288. $14.99 (hardback). ISBN: 9780062333957 Recent discourse on Islamic radicalisation and extremism has placed increased emphasis on the role of violence supposedly inherent within Islamic scripture. Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent book Heretic: Why Islam Needs … Continue reading “Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work”


Which Canada are we talking about?

October 31, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: In light of this week’s horrible attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu there has been some commentary in the Canadian media declaring that this would not change Canada. The international media have suggested that Canada has lost its innocence but that reflects a lack of insight into evolving Canadian politics. While the importance … Continue reading “Which Canada are we talking about?”


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