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Once a terrorist, always a terrorist? The conundrum of parole

What level of risk are we willing to take when it comes to releasing those convicted of terrorism and who may re-offend?

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We need to hold the champagne over the death of AQ leader Al Zawahiri

The death of AQ’s leader Ayman Al Zawahiri is a rare piece of good news in the war on terror but we need to temper our celebration: AQ lives on.

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Yet again, why nations should not be in a rush to repatriate ISIS FFs

The recent 15-month sentence handed down to an ISIS terrorist/ex-Irish soldier is a timely reminder that the West is unprepared to deal with this threat.

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Fear of being called ‘systemically racist’ got 23 people killed

Calling security services ‘systemically racist’ is not only unhelpful: it can interfere in the work these agencies do

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Just how useful is terrorism analysis and ‘prediction’?

Terrorism analysis and predictions often fall well short of their mark, making us wonder why all this work is done in the first place.

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What to do with online extremism

Efforts to remove content online is essentially ‘Whack-a-Mole’. New items are posted as quickly – or even more quickly – than old items are removed. Do we really want to play this game with terrorists?

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How woke and cancel culture undermine CT understanding

Hey Canada! Resorting to generic, meaningless terminology to describe terrorism is inaccurate, unhelpful and deters from broader understanding.

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Does ‘terrorism’ mean too much to too many?

We must get better at when to use the word terrorism to describe acts of violence: in a world rife with too much terrorism, why would we want to make more?

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Do ‘Prevent’ type CT programmes really work?

We have been ‘doing’ preventative work in the terrorism sphere for a few decades: is it time for a rethink?

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Why bother doing CT ops if terrorists walk free?

How far should intelligence and law enforcement agencies go in investigating terrorist threats?