I have often noted in my presentations that the terrorism analysis business is booming – pun intended. By some estimates, more than 10,000 books on terrorism have been published since 9/11, and that is just counting the English-language ones. Many of these books are excellent and insightful: some are atrocious. The same can be said for […]
I know, I know. Not another op-ed piece on Omar Khadr, Canada’s most famous child soldier or terrorist scion (take your pick). There are probably few Canadians more controversial or more polarizing than the son of a former (i.e. deceased) Al Qaeda lieutenant. What more can be said? His family pedigree is well known (the […]
I cannot count the number of times a news article or an op-ed piece has declared that a terrorist group is “on the run” or “dying” or “facing serious challenges”. Without demeaning the efforts of military operations or counter-terrorism efforts, it is best to be careful when declaring victory. While groups may undergo serious hits […]
Former senior CIA officer Mike Morrell admitted last week that the US government badly misunderstood and misdiagnosed the Arab Spring which began in Tunisia in December 2011. There was a lot of optimism at the time in the West over the events across the Arab world as long suffering and oppressed populations in a number of […]
Deaths merely provide opportunities for others to demonstrate their commitment and skillsets. Unchallenged ideology will inspire others to act.