Jihadi John - Photo from Rod Ardehali's Article via The Telegraph
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A “Jihadi Johns” factory built in Europe

Jihadi John – Photo from Rod Ardehali’s Article via The Telegraph

ISIS appeared on the international scene as a natural disaster that no one expected and by which everyone felt shocked and demoralised. Terrifying shots of public executions and the beheadings of American journalist James Fouley and other captives have created an atmosphere of fear …

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Tunisia’s 3000: why have so many gone to join the Islamic State

Protests in Tunis, scossargilbert via Wikimedia Commons

Tunisia, often seen as the lone success story of the Arab Spring, has seen 3000 nationals go to fight for the Islamic State (IS). This is a thousand more than Jordan, which is closer, and five hundred more than Saudi Arabia, which is “a traditional jihadist hotbed with …

Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Syrian Opposition Council Chairman Moaz al-Khatib in İstanbul, May 2013 - US Department of via Wikimedia Commons
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How has Turkish foreign policy failed in Iraq?

Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Syrian Opposition Council Chairman Moaz al-Khatib in İstanbul, May 2013 – US Department of via Wikimedia Commons

This analysis attempts to generally assess the foreign policy of the AKP-led government of the Republic of Turkey towards the current situation in Iraq. Three hardly correctable mistakes …

Blog / International Security

The Battle of Libya

Libyan Militia – E. Arrott via Wikimedia Commons


The Situation in Libya and negative international response to the political and security chaos threatens the security of the Mediterranean and Sahara and its influence extends to Syria.

Oil and gas wealth were and still are the pillars of Libya during the Qaddafi regime and the current civil …

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Youth Radicalisation in Yemen

Men, women and children protesting against the Presidency of Ali Saleh in 2011. Al Jazeera via Wikimedia

A relatively ancient land, Yemen has been a time capsule for Arabian values, culture and ingenuity for over two thousand years. However, the current crisis in this war torn state has had a massive effect on its entire …

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Criminal or Victim? The Law Has Decided.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and Youth Radicalisation in Britain


The nature of the terror threat posed to the UK has changed over the past year. The call to jihad has led to groups like IS and Al-Shabaab gaining fighters from all over the world. In Britain, considerable media and political concern has arisen from …

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Inequality, Radicalisation and the Threat of Returning Jihadists

Tours rally in support of the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting. Source: Kévin Couette via Wikimedia Commons.

The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo’s offices on 7 January 2015 brought light onto issues and challenges facing contemporary European societies. Even though the main themes to the attacks were the underlying value of freedom of …