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Islamic Terrorism

Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

May 15, 2017

The growing vilification of the Kashmiri movement by Salafi-Jihadi terror groups is a part of their overt radicalization attempts aimed at hijacking the sub-nationalist insurgency.

Economic Sanctions as an Option to Fight Pakistan Sponsored Terrorism

April 2017

Nuclearisation of the Indian subcontinent limits conventional military options available to India for punishing Pakistan’s employment of terrorism as a tool of state policy. While India has rightly balanced the use of diplomatic and limited military means over a period of time, even as these remain relevant, the option of economic sanctions deserves deeper analysis for its efficacy and impact. Economic measures can be undertaken both in the form of direct and indirect actions against a target country, individual or an organisation with varied degrees of impact.

New Year Attack in Istanbul: Predictable and Preventable!

January 30, 2017

While the New Year attack in Istanbul underscores Turkey’s endemic vulnerabilities, India too needs to be on guard. Messaging by the ISIS is often followed by action.

Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons by Daesh / ISIS

July-December 2016

Chemical and Biological weapons remain a subversive threat to civilizational stability. Biological weapons in particular are a tremendous cause for concern given the difficulty in predicting/preparing for an attack and the complexities of post-attack rehabilitation. Furthermore, the problems of attrition and lack of culpability make it an even more tempting form of warfare for Non State Actors and Extremists. It is important therefore, to examine the current climate of extremism and the potential threat posed by the usage of Chemical and Biological weapons. Having gained access to Iraqi chemical weapon stockpiles, the Islamic State has already engaged in Chemical warfare. This paper attempts to conjecture the possibility of their move towards Biological warfare and the aids/deterrents that could facilitate or block such a transition.

It is Terrorism by Daish, Not Jihad by Islamic State

December 05, 2016

Terrorists pursuing an atavistic agenda through the brutal killing of common people are not performing jihad. They only seek to legitimize their vile acts in the name of Islam.

The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

August 08, 2016
The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

While there have been no studies on the motivation of Trinidadian Muslims to travel to join ISIS fighters, it is possible that the idea of the Caliphate has fired the imagination of disaffected youth.

Is Political Rivalry Fuelling Terror Attacks in Bangladesh?

July 08, 2016
Is Political Rivalry Fuelling Terror Attacks in Bangladesh?

The sensational attack in the Dhaka café may have been intended to either cause international opinion to put pressure on the Hasina government to go for early election or incite the Army to take over political power.

Syria’s Unending Tragedy

February 10, 2016
Syria’s Unending Tragedy

Syria’s plight is likely to get worse before it gets better. More Syrians will be killed and the powers that be do not care.

Radicalisation of Muslim Converts

August 31, 2015
Radicalisation of Muslim Converts

At the moment, the radical Muslim convert threat does appear to be limited to Europe and America where the converts are ‘less visible’.

Turkey, IS, US, Syria

August 14, 2015
Turkey, IS, US, Syria

There is a sudden and dramatic change in Turkey’s policy towards the Islamic State. What explains this change and what might be Turkey’s calculations?

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