Big Data and Security, Terrorism and Radicalisation

I am very excited that our book on Big Data Challenges is now published. This volume brings together an impressive range of academic and intelligence professional perspectives to interrogate the social, ethical and security upheavals in a world increasingly driven by data. Written in a clear and accessible style, it offers fresh insights to the deep…

The Gloves Come Off: The Dutch Response to Jihadists in Syria and Iraq

Jamestown Foundation: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 19 In December 2014, a video testament emerged in which 19-year-old Sultan Berzel, from the Netherlands’ southern city of Maastricht, called on Muslims to make hijra (a religious migration) to the self-proclaimed Islamic State group. He delivered his message in a quiet voice and with a local Maastricht accent. The…

The Taking of Ramadi: Behind ISIS’s Bloody Assault

Riyadh Mohammed interviewed me for the The Fiscal Times and Yahoo. His piece discusses the recent successes by ISIS in the city of Ramadi. Almost a year after the fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, ISIS has captured Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, Anbar, where 1,300 American soldiers and Marines died during…

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On Torture, Terrorism and Accountability

The Senate Report on the CIA’s use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques – or just plain torture – has shocked many. Despite the fact that much of these revelations where not new, it will still have an important legacy on global politics and counter-terrorism practices in the future. The report is an important document for several…