Beware the Women of ISIS: There Are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men​

  ICSVE is proud to announce our new report by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.d. released August 21, 2017 in the Daily Beast "This report from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism raises frightening questions about women returning from the ‘caliphate’—if they can return at all. Editor’s Note: As police tracked down the members of the cell … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

The ASIS International Australia Conference 2017

The ASIS International Australia Conference 2017 is the premier gathering of security professionals. The conference provides an established platform for education and business exchange, addressing the key trends and issues facing security professionals locally and globally. Key topics Terrorism Cyber-Security Behavioural techniques Security Management Emergency Management The conference is a great … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Homegrown ISIS Inspired and Directed Terror Attacks—the New Normal?

As the Syrian and Iraqi battlefields come under heavy siege and ISIS continues to sustain substantial losses, it leaders are calling for and even directing, via encrypted social media apps, homegrown terrorism in the West. As a rest, we have seen airports attacked in Brussels and Istanbul; pedestrians mown-down in Nice; an attempted IED explosion in Canada; a massacre in Bangladesh - the list goes on. And it begs the … [Read more...]

Countering New-Style Terrorism: Leveraging On Rehabilitation, Local And International Cooperation

Terrorist attacks such as September 2011 in the United States (9/11) and the attacks in Spain (11th March 2004) and Britain (7th July 2005) have marked the dawn of global terrorism (Martin, 2004). In this new era, terrorism is increasingly seen in a different dimension than traditionalists’ objectives, as it knows no bounds and no boundaries (Netanyāhû,1981). New-style terrorism is attributed to the effects of … [Read more...]

Terrorism Is The New Norm

The security manager can no longer believe that terrorism is an extreme and unlikely event. It is now part of the normal operating environment and every organisation should recognise that armed assailant/active shooter, bombings and hostage takings are to be expected. There is no excuse for the defence “we did not think it could happen to us”. Terrorism is actually a definition of motive; the underlying purpose being … [Read more...]

How Can The Cybersecurity Skills Gap Be Closed?

There is a need for businesses to take a planned approach to cybersecurity awareness, training and education to ensure visibility and capacity to respond. According to a recent speech in Parliament, Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister, stated, “The Australian Signals Directorate detected more than 1,200 cyberattacks against Australian interests in 2015.” These attacks primarily targeted Australian government and businesses … [Read more...]

THE PANAMA PAPERS – A BLOW FOR TAX CHEATS WITH CONSEQUENCES

The Panama Papers have caused major reverberations around the world; in governments and businesses. There has been massive media and public interest in the content of this huge tranche of commercial documents. The disclosure of the off shore tax details of over 214 000 shelf companies has some quite extraordinary implications - including in Australia. The fall out has spurred politicians and tax agencies around the … [Read more...]

How do we Defeat ISIS?

In light of this morning's tragic events and what appear's, at this stage, to be yet another attack on innocent civilians by members of ISIS, I felt this most recent article by Dr Anne Speckhard of the International Centre for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) offers some timely and interesting insights. - John Bigelow ISIS has gone unchallenged in one arena for far too long and the longer we let it slide, the … [Read more...]

ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate

ICSVE is proud to announce their new book! The authors hadn’t intended to put themselves in danger but that’s what happened as they interviewed an unprecedented thirty-two battle-hardened defectors about the gritty details of life inside ISIS. With unparalleled breadth, depth and access, ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate offers a compelling view of ISIS from men, women and teens now in hiding, … [Read more...]