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Bio-Terrorism

Bio-Terrorism

The utilization of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by terrorist groups is one of the largest international security concerns of the 21st century. If terrorists were able to carry out an attack on a major city using biological weapons the casualties could number in the thousands. The delayed effects of these weapons and the fact […]

Right-Wing Terrorism

Right-Wing Terrorism

Because of the recent July 2011 attack in Norway, right-wing terrorism is once again brought to the forefront of international media attention.  This type of terrorism has been around for well over a century in the form of racist groups such as the Klu-Klux-Klan, however it is only relatively recently that this ideology has begun […]

Eco-Terrorism

Eco-Terrorism

Our two previous posts in this series (Types of Terrorism and Causes of Terrorism) have broadly outlined the different kinds of terrorism and some of its causes. This post will focus on one kind specifically that the general media often overlook. Eco-terrorism is today one of the most threatening forms of terrorism that the United […]

Causes of Terrorism

Causes of Terrorism

In our Types of Terrorism post we laid out the different kinds of terrorism that exist. Here we discuss the causes of terrorism, or more specifically, why people become terrorists. In order to combat terrorism, we must first understand the drivers of terrorism. Identifying these drivers allows policy makers to target terrorism at its root causes […]

Types Of Terrorism

Types Of Terrorism

It is common today for people to hear the word terrorism and immediately think of al-Qaeda or other Islamic extremists. While Islamic extremism does contribute to certain types of terrorism, there are many other forms as well, all with their own characteristics and challenges for policy makers. These types commonly overlap to describe single terrorist […]

Counterinsurgency Reading List

Counterinsurgency Reading List

Note: This is very much a work in progress, there are numerous sources and material for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of counterinsurgency (COIN).  The material I have included below merely reflects the sources I’m currently familiar with. For the moment, this list will be fairly informal and includes some speculation. Please feel free […]

How to Ditch Political Pundits and Build a Grounded World View

How to Ditch Political Pundits and Build a Grounded World View

  The internet and 24-hour news cycles have dramatically increased the volume of information on policy, making it quite difficult to actually find the stuff worth reading or watching. Here are our strategies for filtering out the noise and learning as much as possible about the world we live in. Cancel Your Cable. That’s not […]

Power Transition Theory

Power Transition Theory

Power Transition Theory attempts to predict periods of heightened conflict within the international system by differentiating between global hegemons and potential challengers. The graph below gives a simplified overview of Power Transition Theory:   The probability of war will increase during the power transition, the shaded area, and conflict will result from one of two circumstances: The rising great […]