Did French security officials miss the obvious?

Mickaël Harpon’s drift toward fundamentalist Islam went undetected even though he worked in unit that tracked…

RCMI Defence and Security Studies Evening – How dangerous is terrorism in Canada?

For those who could not make my recent RCMI lecture on terrorism in Canada on October…

Why it is very important for security services to monitor the threats out there

Espionage or sabotage, foreign influence... Why do we have security intelligence services like the CSIS? What…

When (Canadian) fiction imitates (terrorist) life

A lot of people mock Canadian television. When I was growing up in the 1960s and…

We learned a little more about the April 2017 van attack – but questions remain

There is something about me you need to know because it helps you to understand why…

If at first you don’t find a reason to hate keep looking

When you have a bee in your bonnet you tend to seek out whatever information you…

What if we can’t prosecute returning terrorist ‘foreign fighters?

A version of this piece appeared in the Globe and Mail online on September 25, 2019.…

Are we Focusing on the Wrong ‘Brands’ of Terrorism?

Far right terrorism is our #1 threat! No, jihadi terrorism is! Which one is it? What…

An all-around, all cause violent radical

If you think about it, there are a lot of things to be angry about today.…

Is terrorism somehow inherent in humans?

I have long been fascinated by violence and our species’ propensity to use it. This interest…