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  • The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

    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.

    August 08, 2016

    Is Political Rivalry Fuelling Terror Attacks in Bangladesh?

    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.

    July 08, 2016

    Vivek Sharma asked: What is the prognosis and way forward on rising Islamic fundamentalism in India’s north-eastern states?

    The response to the above query is broadly divided into two parts. The first respondent provides the security perspective and the second provides the sociological perspective on the topic.

    Syria’s Unending Tragedy

    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.

    February 10, 2016

    Sudhir Kumar asked: What steps should the Indian Government take to counter threats arising from the ISIS?

    Prasanta Kumar Pradhan replies: The ISIS has emerged as a major security threat in the West Asian region. As India has huge stakes in the region, the rise of the ISIS and its implications has been of concern for India. So far the ISIS has not been a direct physical challenge for India, but India needs to remain cautious of the potential threat. The ISIS has in the past threatened to launch attacks on India. In fact, Indian nationals have been captured by the ISIS in Iraq and Libya.

    Radicalisation of Muslim Converts

    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’.

    August 31, 2015

    Turkey, IS, US, Syria

    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?

    August 14, 2015

    Arab Spring or Islamic State – The Case of Tunisia

    Arab Spring or Islamic State – The Case of Tunisia

    The recent attack on the Bardo museum and killing of foreign tourists has demonstrated that the challenge from the hardline Islamists remains.

    March 31, 2015

    Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

    Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

    US authorities seem to be unusually reluctant to use air power to help the Iraqi authorities and their Iranian allies in the conduct of the Tikrit offensive. Why?

    March 24, 2015

    ISIS in Central Asia

    ISIS in Central Asia

    There is no single factor cited for motivating Central Asians to join ISIS ranks. However, the search for employment and earnings remain the main driver. More than 4 million migrants (Uzbeks, Tajiks and Kyrgyz) engaged in low-paid jobs in Russia are vulnerable to the jihadi network.

    October 22, 2014

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