How big a threat is Islamic State in Central Asia?

Authors: John Heathershaw and David W. Montgomery The aftermath of an anti-terrorist raid in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. EPA/Igor Kovalenko The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) is seen as a growing threat throughout much of the world, its influence extending to North Africa, Europe, and even as far as Indonesia. Yet for the post-Soviet Central Asian republics the…

Nice attack: when the mundane can be used for acts of terror, how do we protect people?

Written by: Hervé Borrion Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. Such is the message of the terrorist attacks in Paris, London, Brussels, Istanbul, and now, apparently, Nice. A paradox in this contemporary problem is that, as security measures become increasingly sophisticated, the terrorist threat seems to evolve in the opposite direction: toward simplicity. The world was shocked 15 years…

The Nice attack and the corrosive effects of anxiety

  Representational Photo The sickening carnage in Nice has become all too familiar and seemingly impossible to counter. It is unclear exactly who carried out the attack or what their motives were at this stage. Various government ministers in France have been lining up to declare “war” on the perpetrators. But given the seemingly endless…