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What are the repercussions of the Hamas attack and Israel’s response?

In the aftermath of the heinous attack by Hamas in Israel what next? A very good question with few answers

Episode 189 – The implications of the heinous Hamas terrorist attack on Israel

There has been a tonne of analysis over the recent Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and what the latter intends to do about it. Much of this may not be seen to go anywhere: a great study would be to see how many of the predictions turn out to be accurate. With all the voices out there it is hard to decide which one to follow. Luckily, Borealis secured, for a third time, renowned terrorism specialist Bruce Hoffman to weigh in on all this.

About my guest

Bruce Hoffman is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and has been studying terrorism and insurgency for almost half a century. He is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he was the director of the Center for Jewish Civilization from 2020 to 2023 and previously director of both the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies program from 2010 to 2017. Hoffman is also an honorary professor and professor emeritus of terrorism studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He previously held the corporate chair in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was director of RAND’s Washington, DC, office and vice president for external affairs. Together with Jacob Ware, he is the author of God, Guns, and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America, forthcoming from Columbia University Press. 


In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them. 

About Phil Gurski 

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.