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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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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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What price military counter terrorism intervention?

When you call it a ‘war on terrorism’ you’d expect a military role, no? But is it the best approach?

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A terrorist by any other name…

Failing to label terrorists accurately can undermine both our understanding as well as our ability to combat it – enough with political correctness!

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When terrorists and criminals collaborate

When terrorists turn to crime it may be to the benefit of law enforcement and security intelligence agencies by making prosecutions easier

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Quick Hits 128 – No, the January 6 Capitol riot was not an ‘intelligence failure’

Pushing back against the idea that the US intelligence community ‘failed’ on January 6.

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National Security Quick Hits Vienna shooting

Why do security services get blamed when things go badly?

Austria apparently received but failed to act on intelligence from Germany and Slovakia. Was the attack a failure?

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Good counter-terrorism practices require wide sharing among international security services

The Five Eyes alliance has served the current partners well by giving them an expanded intelligence base. This benefit is enhanced by the opportunity for professional discussions amongst intelligence partner agencies.

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COVID-19 Quick Hits Video

The Canadian government still doesn’t get intelligence

Intelligence agencies exist to help officials make better decisions. Some nations have true ‘intelligence cultures’ where the value of this kind of information is recognised. Then there is Canada.

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No, you do not need a BA to be a spy

It is time to stop ruling out great Canadians from our intelligence agencies just because they never went to university.