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  • Evolving Threat of Transnational Terrorism in Africa

    This backgrounder attempts to understand, trace, and analyse the evolving nature of transnational terrorism, modus operandi, and security threats posed by the two infamous terrorist organisations of Africa namely Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram with their various factions due to their transnational classification.

    March 14, 2022

    The ETIM Question: Taliban’s Moment of Truth

    The coming of Taliban to power in Afghanistan could upset the geopolitical applecart in Central Asia and adjoining regions. The growing association of radical Uyghur groups like the ETIM, with IS-K and the spread of jihadist operations in Central Asia could have significant implications for regional and international powers, particularly for China and its ambitious plans for Silk Road imperialism.

    November 29, 2021

    Two Decades After 9/11: The Liberal Security Community Lies in Tatters

    It may seem premature to discuss the advent of an illiberal global order, however, the numerous catalytic events of recent years and the apparent decline of American heft in shaping global norms and structures might indicate that the international system is on the cusp of a major transformation.

    October 12, 2021

    Why Fewer Indians Have Joined ISIS

    Unlike other parts of the Muslim world, spanning North Africa to Southeast Asia, that have remained under the theological and cultural influence of Arabia, India has been able to develop its own versions of Islam and holds its own against West Asian influences.

    August 31, 2020

    Baghdadi’s Elimination: ISIS Down but Not Out

    The ISIS may be down but not out as it is in the process of regrouping. A large number of their cadres are known to have survived. Any relaxation of pressure will give ISIS room for manoeuvre and ability to garner support of local allies.

    November 13, 2019

    ISIS Crisis: Unknown ‘Caliph’ of an Absent Caliphate

    The possibility of total decimation of ISIS gives the world an opportunity to take the fight against global terror to several localised jihadist groups operating across the world, before they forge new cross-continental alliances and give rise to a larger terror conglomerate.

    November 05, 2019

    Implications of the ISIS ‘province’ in Kashmir

    If Baghdadi has possibly moved toward the east, then the proclamation of an Indian branch flashes a note of caution for the security and intelligence agencies.

    May 17, 2019

    Anurag Kumar asked: What role did the US and Western countries play in the creation of ISIS?

    Adil Rasheed replies: The US and Western countries did not play any overt or covert role in the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

    Saiprasad Dhoot asked: How is India’s collaboration at the international level to tackle threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh?

    Adil Rasheed replies: India has been part of the global war against the ISIS menace since its emergence as an Islamist proto-state in Iraq and Syria. India has taken part in various United States (US) - led summits against the ISIS threat both during the presidential terms of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

    With the US, India has worked on modalities to exchange terror watch lists and the two countries have also engaged in few counter-ISIS operations.

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