Inside The Shadow Economy

By David Lake It costs money to commit acts of terrorism and field armies to fight the battles of jihad. The cost to pay for fighters, food, equipment, lodging, training, deployment and medical services for the jihadist by the controlling organisation or group is not cheap. When operating beyond the borders of the sponsor of terror, the costs can be five times as much as it would cost to conduct a local operation. For … [Read more...]

Intelligent Public Safety – Brains Over Brawn

By Richard Kay The operational environment can be a dangerous place, with interpersonal conflict and violence being very real potential risks to officers as well as the public. Officers require practical solutions to resolve situations and confrontations, and that requires the ability to act from the basis of a planned approach involving strategic thinking. To teach officers how to act, it is important to teach them how … [Read more...]

“Radical Islamic Terrorists”: How is President Trump doing in his first 100 days in Office?​

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.  Director, ICSVE and Non-Resident Fellow of Trends & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D. Director of Research/Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and attribute including Trends  like this This article first appeared as a chapter in The Changing International Order published by Trends Research and … [Read more...]

Delivering A Safe And Secure Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Organising Committed will deliver an athlete-focused Games providing long lasting benefits for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and the Commonwealth.  With so many incidents occurring around the world, Safety and Security is critical to this event. Security at major events relies heavily on multi-level, local, state and federal government relationships as well as public and private … [Read more...]

Confronting an ISIS Emir: ICSVE’s Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter-Narrative Videos​

Most experts agree that the most successful counter-messaging campaigns against ISIS are the ones that utilize the voices of insiders: the voices of ISIS victims and ISIS cadres themselves who have first-hand knowledge of the group’s brutality, corruption, religious manipulation, and deception. In this regard, we at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) have spent the last two years … [Read more...]

Houston: We Have A Problem!

The recent film Hidden Figures tells the story of the impact three African-American women had on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space program in the 1950s and 60s. The movie highlights the struggle these women experienced working in a male-dominated industry. Fast forward to 2017 and women are still vastly underrepresented in the science and technology industries. I recently met a young woman … [Read more...]

Health Preparedness And Australian Counterterrorism Strategy

Killings carried out by terrorists are becoming worse and more gruesome to achieve the shock factor. While there is no suggestion of any new specific terrorist threat to Australia, the Australian Government is looking again at security for public events following last year’s Bastille Day attack to make sure that all necessary arrangements are in place. The Nice attack, where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed a truck … [Read more...]

ICSVE’s New “Breaking the ISIS Brand” Video Clip – The Promises of ad-Dawlah to Women

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Laura Passoni left Belgium with her young son to join ISIS in Syria in June 2014 after being jilted by her partner. Newly married to man who also wanted to join ISIS, the two took a cruise boat from Venice to Izmir and crossed Turkey by taxi and made their way (unimpeded by Turkish authorities) into Syria. None of the promises of her Belgian recruiter turned out true and Laura ended up a … [Read more...]

The Growing Threat Of Terrorism In Australia

By Dr David Wright-Neville The recent release of the respected 2016 Global Terrorism Index carries some worrying implications for Western nations such as Australia. Of particular concern is the increasingly migratory nature of the kind of fury that inspires terrorism in other parts of the world. The report drives home the point that in the 21st century, anger does not need a passport. It travels quickly and efficiently … [Read more...]

Lessons From The Assassination Of A Russian Ambassador

On the evening of the 19th of December, 2016, the world was shocked as news started coming out about the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. Karlov was shot from behind as he was delivering a speech at the Cagdas Sanat Merkezi centre for modern arts in Anka. The assassin, off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, showed his police credentials in order to appear like he was … [Read more...]

Exploring the cybercrime underground

Cybercrime persists as an epidemic that continues to worsen every year, with associated impacts and losses on an alarming rise. Some of what contributes to the growth of the cybercrime underground is the convenience, speed, and anonymity the Internet provides to enable online crimes. An important enabler to the cybercrime eco-system are darknet markets. Darknet markets let cybercriminals trade in weapons, drugs and … [Read more...]

What to Expect Following a Military Defeat of ISIS in Syria and Iraq?

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D. & Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. In the struggle against ISIS and the so-called Islamic State, the United States and its allies continue to achieve significant military victories, as evidenced by the ongoing efforts to liberate the city of Mosul in Iraq. What happens next with the returning or migrating foreign fighters and with whatever remains of ISIS’ influence in the … [Read more...]

The Crime-Terror Nexus

Australian civil-military think tank Info Ops HQ recently published its inaugural report from its open-source investigation into Australian Foreign Fighters and Domestic Actors. What it found was local evidence supporting the global trend of criminal and antisocial behaviour being observed as one of the many precursors to radicalisation. Criminal First, Jihadi Second 2013 – Woolwich, London. British Army Fusilier … [Read more...]

What it means that the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was Assassinated by a Radicalized Militant Jihadi off-duty Turkish Police Officer

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot and killed in an art exhibit event December 19, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey. Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish police officer entered the art gallery by using his police ID and shot the Ambassador approximately ten times from behind as he addressed the crowd. As the Ambassador dropped to the floor his assassin shouted out the now too familiar jihadi … [Read more...]