Territory Archives: Middle East

Female Suicide Bombers in Iraq

Over the last thirty-five years, terrorist groups have increasingly used women as suicide bombers. Within academic and policy circles, however, female terrorists continue to be viewed as an aberration. On average, four female suicide attacks occur per year, with some years seeing as many as forty attacks. In total, there have been roughly 155 female […]

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Hamas as a Political Party

In this article, we seek to answer the following questions — why do violent movements participate in elections and what factors explain the timing of these decisions to participate? To answer this question, we examine the case of Hamas’s formation of the Reform and Change Party and its iconic victory in the 2006 elections to […]

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News from North America, Tuesday 19th March 2013

Bloomberg: “Hearkening back to Cold War anxieties, growing signs of spying on U.S. universities are alarming national security officials. As schools become more global in their locations and student populations, their culture of openness and international collaboration makes them increasingly vulnerable to theft of research conducted for the government and industry.” New York Times: “Syria’s main exile opposition coalition […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 12th March 2013

GREECE Ekathimerini: WWII hero, SYRIZA MP Glezos in hospital with respiratory infection. ‘Second World War hero and SYRIZA MP Manolis Glezos has been admitted to hospital in Athens after complaining of breathing problems.’ Greek Reporter: Greece Denies Turkish Terrorist Report. ‘Reports in the Turkish media that Greece closed down two Kurdish terrorist camps near Athens […]

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News from North America, Wednesday 6th March 2013

Huffington Post: “The number of anti-government “patriot” groups, including paramilitary hate organizations, reached an all-time high in 2012, fanned by President Barack Obama’s reelection and talk of gun control following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Mother Jones: “The president does have the authority to use […]

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Hizballah in Africa, and Questions for Future Research

This is a short post from Tony Wege. You can read the full article, for free, here. Hizballah’s experience in Africa has roots that were established in the 1980s so the organization’s presence in Africa is nothing new. Understanding how that ongoing presence affects the group is perhaps worth discussing. That Hizballah exists in Africa […]

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How does religion affect the severity of suicide bombings?

On 22 November 2012, a suicide bomber attacked a Shia religious procession in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, killing 23 and wounding over 60. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — a religious terrorist group often referred to as “the Pakistani Taliban” — claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing was, unfortunately, not a fluke, as attacks by religious terrorists against […]

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Examining Willingness to Attack Critical Infrastructure On and Off-line

The global adoption of technology over the last two decades has radically altered the way individuals, businesses, and governments communicate. Access to high speed wireless connectivity, tablet PCs, and smart phones enable individuals to be in constant contact with others in near-real time and access nearly any data source of interest. As a consequence, cyberspace […]

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Moving Away From A Lone-Wolf Mindset

The challenge of “Lone Offender” terrorism is a serious one for law enforcement and security services around the world. Though the tactic has been used for hundreds of years, the rising number -in some countries- and diversity of “lone” attacks is increasingly troublesome. Though a variety of terms have been used to describe individual terrorism, […]

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Terrorism: the state of play

It has now been over a year since Osama bin Laden’s death, not a bad time to assess the status of terrorist activity around the world. [i]  Where do things stand at the end of 2012? In much of the western world terrorism, as we have come to understand it, has largely passed from the […]

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